Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Tikkun Olam Project: Refugee Support

This year for Kol Ami’s High Holidays Tikkun Olam project we will be collaborating with a local organization, Do Kind Works, on their refugee support project.  Do Kind Works helps refugees who are resettling into our community by setting up apartments for them so they have warm, inviting, functional living spaces as soon as they arrive.  Most of the refugees are Afghans who did work with and for the U.S. military during the war. Because of that service, their lives are now in danger in their home country.  Here’s a link with more info: https://www.dokindworks.org/welcoming-our-refugee-neighbors-in-so-many-different-ways/
We will be collecting household necessities; preferably relatively compact items.  Think things like cleaning supplies, mattress pads, sheets, towels, pillows, cooking/baking supplies, personal hygiene products, pressure cookers (not Instant Pots – traditional ones), tea kettles, small household furnishings.  Some things to keep in mind:
    • The items needed most are pots & pans, mattress pads, & cleaning supplies (see additional notes below).
    • Used items are great, but PLEASE make sure they are clean and in very good condition.  
    • That said, things like mattress pads, pillows, cleaning supplies, cookie sheets, are best if they are new.
    • Please, *no* coffee makers or wine glasses.
    • For cooking utensils, large and medium size pots and pans with lids, esp. large stock pots with lids, are helpful. 
    • Please, nothing featuring images of dogs (so, no dog calendars, etc.)
    • For bedding items, twin/full/queen size is best – not king size, please
    • If you have larger furniture items, I can put you in touch directly with my contact so you can arrange a separate donation/pick-up.  They do have a need for furniture, but limited storage space (and we can’t manage the hand-off of large furniture during this drive).  They particularly need bunk beds.
Debbie & Mike Linick have generously offered to hang onto items donated for pick up by Do Kind Works.  
    • Please bring any items you are donating to one of our services. Don’t bring items into the UUCA with you – instead leave them in your car.  We’ll move them over to Mike & Debbie’s car after the service.
    • If you have a large storage capacity vehicle (van, pick-up truck) and are willing to be on standby to help shuttle items to Mike & Debbie’s house after services, that assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Please let me know.
    • If you want to arrange directly with Debbie & Mike to bring items directly to their place sometime between now and the end of Yom Kippur, that’s fine.  Please meail Mike or Debbie directly.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  And thanks in advance for your support of this important effort.

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