Support our Afghan Allies
Support our Afghan Allies
Update: NICE has been approved to resettle 99 more Afghan evacuees through September 2022.
Since October 2021, NICE has successfully welcomed over 200 of our new Afghan neighbors to Nashville.
During this critical time, we are leaning on the Nashville community to ensure our new neighbors have access to the entire network of services and support they need to become economically self-sufficient and successfully transition into life in the United States.
Here's how you can help during this time of humanitarian need.
Your donations allow NICE to support our Afghan allies with the tools they need to successfully make the transition to life in their new community. Donated funds help pay for food, housing, emergency medical expenses, and more.
Donate New Household Items
We’ve partnered with the Community Resource Center to receive donations to help provide the home essentials for our new neighbors. Donations can be dropped off to the Community Resource Center, located at 218 Omohundro Place Nashville, TN 37210. Smaller donations can be dropped off anytime (including weekends) in the Donation Drop-Off bin labeled “Afghan Allies” at the front of the building. Larger donations can be dropped off during CRC Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For questions, please call 615-291-6688 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have volunteer opportunities available for individuals and groups.
If you are a community group, civic, or religious organization that has a group of people that would like to volunteer together, consider joining the Open Door Network to sponsor and mentor an Afghan family.
Help Find Housing
Our Afghan allies are arriving in Nashville, and NICE is seeking community support to find both temporary and long-term housing solutions for our new neighbors, especially for larger families.
Donate Used Items
NICE has partnered with ThriftSmart, a locally-run thrift store. For all donations brought on our behalf, they will provide our program with gift cards to their store. This way, donors are still able to indirectly help our program! If you contact ThriftSmart at 615.833.8200, you can set up a date and time for either a donation drop-off or pick-up.
We have also partnered with Tennessee Resettlement Aid (TRA) to collect donations of gently used household items that can be accessed by our Afghan allies.
Facts about Resettlement of Afghan Allies in Nashville
More than 600 Afghans are resettling in Nashville.
Nearly 80,000 people have been forced to evacuate from Afghanistan and resettle into a new home. Nashville has already welcomed over 500 Afghans, and NICE has now been approved to resettle 99 more individuals in Phase II of this program.
The US government has authorized allies arriving with humanitarian parole to receive refugee resettlement benefits where they will be able to apply for employment authorization documents through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
All arrivals from Afghanistan are vetted before they arrive in the US, which includes rounds of biometric and biographic screening, and matching results with a variety of law enforcement and intelligence agency watchlists. The Departments of Homeland Security and Defense conduct vetting with intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional Intelligence Community partners.
NICE and Catholic Charities are leading the welcome and are serving refugees through the Afghan Placement and Assistance program. We are also working with a coalition of partners including AMAC, United Way of Greater Nashville, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, Community Resource Center, Tennessee Resettlement Aid, The Branch of Nashville, WeGo Public Transit, Siloam Health, Councilwoman Zulfat Suara, Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University, Metro Action Commission, and the Tennessee Office for Refugees.
Humanitarian Parole is granted for short-term urgent relief that gives the recipient official permission to enter into the US. These Afghan evacuees are eligible to apply for asylum through (USCIS). Some individuals granted humanitarian parole status include those who have contracted with the U.S. military or government but have not completed Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) processing before they had to flee their country. NICE is working with our partners at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors and the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic to file asylum applications for our Afghan clients who came to the US under humanitarian parole.
All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 upon arriving in the United States. Full medical screenings, immunizations, COVID- 19 vaccines, and other vaccines are being provided as well.