Since March RRCF has distributed $236,000 to 46 organizations working on the front lines with our area's most vulnerable residents during this pandemic.
One of those agencies is the Afghan Health Initiative (AHI), a grassroots organization in South King County founded by current and former immigrants and refugees who were trying to navigate the complexities of their new lives.
AHI was founded to help immigrant and refugee communities maximize
their potential toward a better future while acculturating into their new lives in the United States. To help facilitate this vision, AHI provides a host of social service tools and programs to promote well-being, healthy life trajectories, and self-sufficiency.
Specifically, AHI provides culturally proficient and linguistically appropriate social support services and health promotion advocacy to low-income new refugees from Afghanistan as well as Iraqi, Arabic-Speaking, and Somali communities in King County.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, AHI has been at the frontline responding to the needs of our community. Their response includes helping families navigate systems and public assistance and job search assistance through their immigrant-2-immigrant program, hosting free COVID-19 pop-up testing sites, translating information, providing personal protective equipment, offering education and homework assistance for youth, and providing basic needs (diapers, wipes, clothing, fresh food, gift cards, rental and utility assistance and more). To date, Afghan Health Initiative has served hundreds of families through these services.
AHI is only one of many organizations supported by RRCF. You can go here to see a full list of grantee partners. If you are seeking funds, simply email LeAnne Moss at email@example.com with your request.
These grants have been possible because of the support of more than 70 donors to the fund. If you would like to partner with us in this endeavor, thanks to All in Washington, every dollar is matched! You can go here to make a gift, and just put "All in WA" in the comments.