How to Help Welcome Afghans to Charlottesville
Charlottesville and the surrounding community has welcomed more than 330 Afghan evacuees sine September 2022. Click the button to learn more about how you can help to welcome our newest neighbors.
Photo Credit: Andrew Oberstadt/IRC
NEWS & UPDATES
Campaign to Settle Hundreds of Afghans
On October 12, Welcoming Greater Charlottesville and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Charlottesville held a press conference at IX Park to announce their campaign to welcome hundreds of Afghan refugees to Charlottesville, Albemarle and the surrounding community. The IRC anticipated welcoming 250 individuals, but have since welcomed more than 330 newly-arrived Afghans to Charlottesville.
UPDATE ON THE ID PROGRAM
The ID Program will close on April 30.
Since our start in March 2019, we've issued over 840 IDs.
Virginia now provides a Driver's Privilege card, and an Identification Privilege card. Most people who aren't U.S. citizens and don't meet the requirements for a state drivers license are eligible for these cards. Both are available at the local DMV. For the details, go to: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#driver_privilege_card.asp
The final days for appointments for those wishing to renew their IDs will be Saturday, April 9, and Saturday, April 23. Call 434. 260-0586 or visit cvilleid.org
To find out what documents you need to obtain our card, go to: www.wgcville.org/id-program-whats-needed
ID Card feedback: We want to hear from you!
"The card allowed me to open up a Comcast account and get cable and internet set-up in my home."
"My landlord was able to verify who I was and allowed me to sign my lease."
"The card helps me feel accepted by the community. I didn't feel that way before."
"I needed to get a medical appointment for my daughter, which required an ID. This was all I had, and they accepted it."
WHO WE ARE
As a nation, our diverse origins are and should be seen as a great strength. We strongly reject demonization of and attacks against immigrants and minorities and will take peaceful measures to oppose them.
Given this situation, our mission is to create a welcoming community, one that:
1. provides tangible support for all immigrants, and
2. educates the community about the needs and contributions of immigrants, refugees, and other minorities, especially those who are being marginalized today.