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How to help the Afghan Refugees

Over the last few months, the City of Worcester has seen a great influx of refugees from Afghanistan. WIC Social Services has launched many initiatives to assist them in their resettlement process. Please take a look to see how you can help. For any questions please

Family pairing program

WICSS has launched the Afghan Families Pairing program. This initiative is to better help the families resettle in the area. They have come here with little to no knowledge of the area and often alone. Engagement with a family can be based on your preferred availability and at your convenience. Each family that signs up will be paired with 1 Afghani family. Our goal is to guide and facilitate for their transport, education, healthcare, job and etc. The responsibilities for a family who signs up can include:

  • Establish phone contact with the family

  • Guide them in day to day affairs i.e. grocery shopping, hospital locations, school options

  • If you choose to, choose to meet the family in person for a meal or cooking food for them

  • Answer their questions when in need


To sign up please click the button below. 


Food Pantry

The WIC cafeteria will serve as a food pantry. Please drop off your non-perishable items in order to distribute them to the families in need in the local area. The hours are listed below: 

Thursdays: 6PM to 8PM
Fridays: 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Sundays: 1PM to 2PM

If you have time to volunteer for this or have any questions, please reach out to


ESL Classes 

In order to get our Afghani brothers and sisters better acclimated to life in the USA, WICSS will be offering English as a Second language classes. They will begin soon and be conducted every Sunday from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. If you have time to help this initiative, please email

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Youth Program Activities 

Our WIC Youth have generously volunteered their time to help the refugee youth with a variety of activities such as: 

  • ESL/Homework help

  • Sports programs

  • General Halaqas


If you have time to assist with any of these activities please reach out to

Opportunities to be an Interpreter 


To support Afghan resettlement efforts and those arriving in our region, Language Bank is training and hiring Afghans to work as professional interpreters. If you are fluent in English and an Afghan language such as Dari or Pashto, we’d like to hear from you! This is a great opportunity for a rewarding career in this growing field!

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During this 60-hour online training course, students learn to develop the skills and knowledge they need to deliver accurate and complete interpretation in health care, business, and social service

settings. This training is taught by our own highly experienced trainers who take pride delivering a quality educational program.

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