Early March, 2022 update on Vashon Afghan Resettlement Team

Recently the team delivered two more household kits to the refugee resettlement office. The generosity of islanders has now outfitted four Afghan families in their new homes in south King County. VART is preparing to move to a new sorting and storage area. We have been grateful for the space of the Unitarians in Lewis Hall since the efforts began last fall.

There are currently 4 ways islanders can help refugees through VART:

  1. Donate to the VART account at Island Lumber. Donations can be by credit card over the phone or cash donations in person. Checks are also accepted.
  2. Checks can also be made out to Julia Lakey and mailed to 17312 100 th Lane SW, Vashon 98070. This allows the team to buy supplies not available at Island Lumber or at more savings elsewhere.
  3. Donors can collect household items and bring them to the Episcopal Church. All kitchen items are welcome, including appliances and tea kettles. Lightly used or new blankets are needed. Cleansers, laundry detergent, garbage bags, new mops, and brooms are also on the kit.
  4. Islanders can learn about becoming a conversation partner on Zoom with an Afghani for an hour a week. Orientation and further information is available by contacting Kit Bean.

For more information, contact Julia Lakey