After the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban taking over, Afghanis have been fleeing their country in droves. Since January, more than 550,000 Afghans have been forcibly displaced, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.
Many of the team at DoorDash have witnessed Afghan this exodus as the refugees and their families search for a new life in the U.S. and other countries.
As a testament to its commitment to building and protecting diverse, inclusive communities, DoorDash is helping connect Afghan refugees in the midst of resettlement with food, items and temporary housing.
It’s doing this by partnering with the International Rescue Committee and Airbnb.org.
And, it’s helping Afghan refugees in several ways. One is by donating $250,000 in DoorDash gift cards through its Community Credits program and 100 DashPass subscriptions to the committee. Case managers and program staff at regional offices across the U.S will be able to order meals, groceries and other essential items for the people they’re serving.
Customers in the U.S. can also donate DoorDash gift cards online and through the DoorDash app.
Every gift card purchased this way will also be provided to the committee, which will use every DoorDash gift card received through this program to support people in need.
There’s also an unprecedented need for temporary housing to support Afghan refugees resettling in communities across the US in the coming weeks and months.
DoorDash is encouraging its customers to visit this link to learn more about how they can host Afghan refugees. Anyone with a private room, an entire home, or an apartment can sign up to host refugees through Airbnb, even if they’ve never hosted before.
Immigrants and refugees are essential parts of our local communities. In fact, DoorDash was co-founded by an immigrant, Tony Xu, who came to the U.S. with his family, when he was five.
Read more about Xu, DoorDash’s CEO, here.