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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

From the Vice President for Student Affairs

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Support for Afghan Evacuees

As announced on October 14, Buffalo State College will temporarily house a portion of the estimated 350 Afghan evacuees who are coming to Buffalo following the U.S. withdrawal from the war in Afghanistan. In addition, we would like to further demonstrate our commitment to supporting the resettlement of our new neighbors by asking the campus community to contribute to a significant campus collection drive of items needed to re-home Afghan evacuees. Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees is coordinating the monumental effort to establish homes for individuals and families and needs all of us to contribute.

Please consider organizing a team to collect kitchen items, furniture, cleaning supplies, and other items on the WNYRAC list of large donation needs or on the Welcome Kit list (PDF, 178 KB) found on the website. A team might include your department, office, family, or friends. It will be a team-bonding experience, reminding us of all we have to share, and it will be an opportunity for the Buffalo State community to demonstrate our commitment to social justice, diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement. Items can be collected anytime, but we ask that you complete your drive by Wednesday, December 8.

To get involved, please email the Civic and Community Engagement Office to let us know you are on board. The Global Engagement Office is working to secure a location on campus to store our items, and we will have that information to you shortly. We are proud to play a small role in supporting this resettlement effort and thank you for showing your Bengal spirit.