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Community Sponsor

Take the 30-minute Sponsorship 101 training to start your sponsorship journey and see if it's right for you.

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Community sponsorship is a powerful – and direct – way to welcome Afghan newcomers. 

By doing airport pick-ups, making grocery runs, sharing a meal, offering advice on day-to-day decisions like schools, sports, and more, you can help a new neighbor build a new life in your community.

Sponsorship is more important now than ever.

The United States has long been a beacon of hope and place of refuge. Over 100,000 at-risk Afghans were evacuated from Afghanistan in August 2021. The American people took on a historic task, offering thousands of Afghans a new chance to rebuild their lives here. Nearly 80,000 of them have already arrived in the United States. Americans from all corners are rising to the moment and mobilizing to resettle our Afghan allies through community sponsorship.

We invite you to join the national effort of becoming a welcomer.

Take our quick Sponsorship 101 training.

You'll learn more about what sponsors do, and hear directly from newcomers and sponsors.

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Send the Sponsorship 101 training to friends.

Community Sponsorship requires a group of at least five individuals. Introduce members of your community to sponsorship and start forming a group.

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Explore the Sponsorship Directory.

The Sponsorship Directory will help you identify sponsorship opportunities in your state.

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Sponsorship not only provides critical support to newcomers, but uplifts entire communities in the process.

Ready to start your sponsorship journey?

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Complete this free 30-minute training to learn more about sponsorship and if it's the right fit for you. 

Explore sponsorship opportunities in your state.

What can I expect after signing up here and completing the Welcome training?
Visit the Sponsorship Directory to connect with the sponsorship opportunity right for you.  

How long will it take before I get matched and get to start working with a newcomer?
This is dependent on several factors. You can expect it to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. If you have questions as you wait, you can reach out to your sponsorship program’s point of contact.

How long do I have to be a sponsor for?
The minimum commitment to provide critical welcome support to an Afghan newcomer or family is for 90 days. During that time, you will need to connect the family to ongoing support available in your community. 

How will the newcomer be supported after the sponsorship period ends?
A role of the sponsor is to support the newcomer in assessing information and resources available in their new community. This empowers the newcomer to navigate community resources on their own. Prior to the sponsorship period ending, sponsors are encouraged to engage the newcomer in transition planning. This should include identification of ongoing needs, available resources to support those needs and clear steps for the family on how to access those resources. 


What are some of the federally funded benefits Afghan newcomers might be eligible to receive? 
Afghan newcomers might be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, Medicaid, Refugee Cash Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Refugee Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Matching Grants. 

What should our sponsor group do if we have trouble carrying out sponsorship responsibilities such as finding housing, enrolling children in schools or more?
Your sponsorship program will offer you a point of contact to provide you support throughout your sponsorship journey.

How can our sponsor group be prepared for expenses that come with sponsoring?
You will develop a budget to support you in preparing for likely expenses during the sponsorship period, and fundraise to cover those expenses.

What strategies do sponsor groups use for communicating with newcomers that do not speak English?
Sponsors use a variety of strategies for communicating with newcomers that do not speak English. Depending on the information being communicated, this may be done informally, relying on local community members, or formally, using professional services offered in-person or telephonically. Finding interpretation services is part of the preparatory work your sponsor group will do in advance of being matched with a newcomer.

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