The items Trinity collected for the Afghans who are settling here were delivered to the International Institute (II) on May 6, 2022.
Carlos Suarez, the II coordinator (pictured), sends everybody a big THANK YOU for the lamps, the headphones and more than $250-worth of quarters.
All of these will be tremendously useful for our new neighbors from Afghanistan. Carlos tells me that more than 700 Afghans now reside here under the program. They receive funding for a short while and are then asked to find jobs and support themselves, which is why the headphones for learning or improving English are so important.
Carlos says that more Afghan families will arrive in due course and the services of Trinity volunteers will hopefully come in useful to help them move into their new homes.
In the meantime, II is advertising an array of “episodic” volunteer opportunities on the website here: https://iistl.
On May 14, Afghans will hold their own festival to mark the end of Ramadan. This will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Frontenac.
On May 21, volunteers are needed to chaperone Afghan females to a Women’s Community Literacy Program.
On May 13 and 27, there are volunteer jobs available to act as mock interviewers for job interview workshops.
II also needs volunteers on World Refugee Day (June 18) and the annual Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park (August 27-28).
Please go to the website directly to sign up for these events.