On August 31, 2021, the United States officially completed its military operations in Afghanistan. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, this marks the beginning of a humanitarian crisis for many Afghani citizens; and their extended families. The impact of that scenario could lead directly to members of our local community. Resources are becoming readily available to assist and provide the critical supplies and support for those in need. As many of you know, our district is composed of various ethnic backgrounds and cultures, it’s what makes our district so unique and special. It’s also important to know that our district might have immediate contacts in need of accessing information and resources during this critical time.
With the assistance of Congressman Paul Tonko, who represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, we are slowly finding new pathways on how to access and deliver assistance to our local stakeholders in their effort to connect and help others during this current crisis.
Here are some local connections to access information:
Additional support organizations/resources outside of our region:
In addition, the Office of Congressman Paul D. Tonko has established an Afghanistan Evacuation Request Intake Google Form to fill out. The information provided on this form will only be shared with the U.S. Department of State and other relevant federal agencies assisting with evacuation efforts. Please note that the submission of this form is not a guarantee of evacuation, but will aid in the organization of necessary information for potential assistance by federal officials. That link can be found here.
For over 500 days, our district has demonstrated the unity, teamwork and compassion it has taken to pursue new ways to learn, work, live and play. A new sense of normalcy during an uncertain time. Our district continues to build on the positive work being done by teachers, staff, families, students, administrators and our school community to overcome obstacles and move in a positive direction.
We thank you for taking the time to review these materials and learn more about ways to strengthen our community during this time.