Volunteer opportunities include

  • Mover/ apartment setup help

  • English as an Additional Language tutor

  • Transportation Guide (Learning the bus system)

  • Life skills mentor

  • First day of school helper

Please complete the application below to be added to the team. We will be in touch when needs and opportunities arise.


Click here to complete the volunteer application!


Create a Welcome Kit

Grab a group of friends and work together to collect all of the smaller items needed for each household of Afghan Evacuees!

 Click here for the Welcome Kit Packing List

Donate New (Unused) Goods

Donations can be dropped off at the Tri-Main Center (2594 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please see below for lists of needed items and drop-off hours and contacts. 

Below is the list of our current needs.  They are in order of priority under each section.



  • Bedding (Twin and Full size) consisting of sheet sets, comforter or fleece blankets.  *No throw blankets please, must be true to size*

  • Pillows – Standard size

  • Bath towels

  • Wash cloths



  • Cooking utensils (Pkg to consist of spatula, spoon, cutting knife, serving utensils)

  • Plastic cutting board

  • *Cookware (prefer new but may be gently used if clean and NOT scratched)

  • *Dish sets consisting of dinner plate, cereal/soup bowl and mug (may be used if complete set, not cracked, chipped or dirty – NO CHINA please)

  • Flatware (Complete sets of 4, 8 or 12)

  • Chef’s knives

  • *Rice cooker (NO crockpots or InstaPots)

  • *Tea kettles (NO Coffee makers), may be used if clean

  • *Drinking glasses (may be used if complete sets and not chipped or cracked and clean)


  • All purpose spray cleaners

  • Toilet/shower cleaners

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Dish soap

  • Sponges

  • Disinfectant Spray

  • Ant/Roach Spray

  • Paper Towels

  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags

  • Toilet paper

  • 13 Gallon waste basket

  • Small waste basket

  • Shower curtains

  • Shower rings

  • Bath mats

  • Plunger

  • Toilet brush

  • Shower curtain rod



  • Children's Thermometers

  • Baby Proofing Kits

  • Formula

  • Baby wipes

  • Diapers – all sizes

  • Baby Bottles – 4 and 8 oz

  • Sippy cups

  • Children’s eating plates and eating utensils

We cannot accept any more books or toys at this time.



We are unable to accept any furniture.  Please join one of our Welcome teams to furnish an apartment. 



Please use the contact information below to make drop off arrangements and obtain instructions for loading and unloading at the Tri-Main Building, located at 2495 Main Street, Buffalo NY.


Tuesday - 11 AM - 1 PM

Contact Kathy at kspillman@jersbuffalo.org

(Journey’s End)


Wednesday - 2 PM- 4 PM

Contact Sierra at sjohnston@jfswny.org

(Jewish Family Services)

Thursday - 9 AM- 11 AM

Contact Lauren at lauren.mye@ccwny.org

(Catholic Charities)


We are currently seeking both temporary and permanent housing for Afghan evacuees. Temporary housing is being used to shelter families immediately on arrival while permanent apartments are secured. We seek temporary housing that is available for at least 30 days and can house at least 4 people. Congregate housing such as hotels, motels are acceptable. Permanent apartments of all sizes are also being sought. All housing is preferably in the Buffalo metro area.


For more information please contact wnyrac@gmail.com.


Click here for more information on how to advocate for Afghan evacuees.