Kent Community Foundation creates Afghan Crisis Fund

Kick-off event Sept. 23 at Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant. COURTESY PHOTO

As hundreds of people arrive in the greater Kent area from Afghanistan due to relocation efforts, the Kent Community Foundation is launching an Afghan Crisis Fund to provide meals, medical treatment, basic resources and other support to help meet the needs of these newcomers.

A special kick-off fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant, 12930 SE Kent-Kangley Road.

Zana Abdulaziz, co-owner of Olive Tree and a member of the Kent Community Foundation Board, has pledged a minimum of $1,000 from the proceeds of items purchased on Sept. 23 to the Afghan Crisis Fund. Many years ago, his family relocated to the United States from Kurdistan giving him first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by people coming here from another culture.

“We want to help and give back,” Abdulaziz said. “Our customers have helped us during the difficult last year and now we want to help others.”

Representatives from the Kent Community Foundation will be on hand throughout the event to provide additional information and to facilitate donations to the fund.

“After talking with several of the resettlement agencies and support groups focused on helping the incoming Afghans, we know there are many gaps,” said Dave Mitchell, interim executive director of the Kent Community Foundation. “We plan to use money from this fund to enable local nonprofits to fill the gaps and better serve the people being relocated here.”

Nonprofits can apply for grants from the Kent Community Foundation’s Afghan Crisis Fund at kentcommunityfoundation.org.

Donations are welcome from the community. Donate via the Kent Community Foundation website under the donate option at Afghan Crisis Fund.

The Kent Community Foundation was established in 1986. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and support our community through partnerships and philanthropy. The Foundation has awarded about $1 million in scholarships and cultural arts grants since it began.

In 2020, the Kent Community Foundation led the establishment of the Kent Community Partners which includes over 50 organizations committed to work together – across historical divides – to serve people in need.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Madeline Goldsmith. COURTESY PHOTO
No suspect yet in July 2023 Kent murder of Madeline Goldsmith

Someone fatally shot 18-year-old Kentwood High graduate as she sat in vehicle near Lake Meridian

t
Police bust mother, daughter in Kent for retail crime spree

Two reportedly joined one other woman in 3-state crime ring taking women’s clothing from Lululemon

t
Reith Road in Kent to get two new roundabouts this year

City Council approves $4.28 million bid; project to start in late May or early June

t
Puget Sound Fire’s Teddy Bear Clinic set for May 18 in Kent

Annual event provides free checkups for teddy bears and children

t
Overturned military vehicle causes I-5 backup near Kent, Federal Way

Wednesday, April 10 in northbound lanes near South 272nd Street

t
Kent Police Blotter: March 26 to April 7

Incidents include robberies, burglaries, shooting

t
State Patrol seek witnesses to I-5 hit-and-run crash in Kent

Collision at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, April 8 along northbound I-5 near State Route 516

t
Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent turns profit for 2nd consecutive year

City-owned facility brings in about $600,000 in 2023

Kent Police recovered nearly 800 catalytic converters in a 2021 bust. File photo
New state legislation fights catalytic converter theft

Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill on March 26 adding new regulations… Continue reading

t
Firefighting Diversity & Recruitment Workshop set for May 11 in Kent

Event designed to help potential candidates get jobs

t
Kentwood High grad’s legacy of love lives on through organ donation

Madeline Goldsmith one of 344 organ donors honored by Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia

Flowers, framed photos, plush toys and a QR code to the GoFundMe pages of the families grace the memorial site after the March 19 crash. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Judge, lawyers debate low bail for Kent driver in fatal Renton crash

Judge explains reduction from $1 million to $100,000, which was posted by family of Chase Jones