Help for Afghan Refugees - Call for WI Volunteers & Contact Your Representatives!

Updated: 1/11/2022: The following request came to WFVJ through our friends at the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  Please respond to if you are able to help out. We need volunteers who would make a commitment of volunteering regularly; either volunteering once a week for a set time (for example, every Tuesday for 8 weeks) or people who would like to go up to Ft. McCoy and stay for a week (there is housing on base available).

Volunteers must:

Commit to long-term volunteering, either coming for a week at a time (housing is provided) or scheduling a regular day(s) for a period of 6+ weeks or so (i.e. every Thursday; every Friday).

Understand that this is hard work. These volunteer positions require high energy, intercultural competency, and flexibility.

Know that they are NOT to bring items to give away. Material donations are not being accepted. While people have the best of intentions, it actually creates problems with inequality.

Maintain boundaries. Sometimes (often) this means saying no or firmly enforcing the rules and expectations of a center. Kindness and compassion coupled with an ability to be firm and consistent with the policies of the program are essential.

Be vaccinated against COVID-19 (a booster is strongly encouraged) and commit to maintaining COVID safety (mask-wearing, etc).

Be 18 or older, provide a State ID or drivers’ license, phone and email information, and proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The WCC will hold hour-long information sessions for those who are interested in volunteering at Ft. McCoy. Sessions will include a short presentation and a time for questions and answers. If you are interested, please register below to receive a zoom link (note: the zoom link is the same for all sessions in a month, but you only need to attend one). In the sessions, we will share next steps to sign up to volunteer.

January 12 (Wednesday) 12pm;
January 25 (Tuesday) 7pm;
January 31 (Monday) 12pm;

Sign up for January Session

February 10 (Thursday) 10am;

February 21 (Monday) 12pm;

February 22 (Tuesday) 7pm;

Sign up for February Session

Thank you all for considering this request!

Mary Kuenning Gross

Welcoming Our Afghan Allies

Partner in Service Volunteer

(262) 271-8990

Action Alert updates from WFVJ on 12/22/2021!

HIAS has two current action requests with easy steps to communicate to the U.S. government.

1) An estimated 40,000 Afghan people applied for humanitarian parole – a status that would allow them to enter the United States and be safe. Despite the great need, the U.S. government  is now denying these applications. Ask the government to continue to process them. Click here:

2) We urge the U.S. government to launch a robust humanitarian response for Afghans who were left behind. They should have a streamlined application process, and be exempt from fees if they cannot pay. The U.S. government should conduct a thorough and fair review of every applicant and should create additional pathways for their admittance to this country. Click here:

Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Executive Director
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice