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Who We Help Support

Life Funds For North Korean Refugees

  • ARC sends to North Korean orphans and families through Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR). While knitted goods may not seem like much to those of us whose needs are met, the impact of a new, useful gift can be immense. Knits can remind refugees of their humanity, identity, and value. From the perspective of North Korean refugees, knitted items are a link to the outside world that betokens the possibility of a peaceful, healthy life. LFNKR is one of the few organizations with access to refugees; although their underground work is necessarily hidden, they were among of the first to champion North Korean refugee asylum and educate the world by raising awareness. Read more about LFNKR.

Syrian American Medical Society 

  • ARC sends to Syrian refugee families through the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). With well over three million refugees of Syria’s Civil War, the struggle for basic resources continues each year. Whether displaced within and outside of Syria, massive numbers of people are navigating turbulent daily lives, often in unfamiliar environments and severe temperatures. SAMS provides needed medical relief to refugees through its teams of medical volunteers, and has established facilities throughout Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Read more about SAMS.

Pine Ridge Emergency Youth Shelter 

  • One of the most impoverished places in the United States, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is also one of the most persevering. The rich Oglala Lakota culture survives despite harsh conditions, persecution, and dismissal by the United States government that has devastated many reservation communities. The OST Emergency Youth Shelter provides temporary safety to teens aged 12-17 seeking relief from abuse and neglect at home. A great many items are in need at the shelter. Read more about Pine Ridge EYS.

Family Crisis Center Inc. of Prince George’s County

  • ARC donates to FCC Inc., a domestic violence program protecting those experiencing intimate partner violence. A crucial source of refuge that saves lives through their Safe Passage Emergency Shelter, FCC Inc. offers free and minimal cost programs to women and children taking action to stop violence and abuse in their lives. Their confidential, free, 24-hour hotline (1-866-DVCRISIS [1-866-382-7474] or 301-731-1203) contributes a lifeline in times of crisis. Read more about FCC Inc.

The Washington Humane Society

  • The only open-access shelter in Washington, DC, WHS takes in all stray animals. WHS spearheaded enacting and enforcing laws against animal cruelty as early as the 1800s, and more recently, successfully campaigned to make animal cruelty in the District a felony. In addition to animal legal rights, WHS promotes educating people of all ages about animal behavior and how to recognize animal abuse. Because domestic violence has been known to accompany cases of animal abuse, The Washington Humane Society works to assist battered family members of abused animals. Read more about WHS.

Friends of Homeless Animals 

  • A 100% no-kill shelter, FHA has been rescuing and rehabilitating homeless, abused, and abandoned dogs and cats in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia since 1973. FHA treats animals irrespective of expenses and provides special facilities so that no animal is caged. Special accommodations are made so that every animal enjoys free space in and outdoors. A unique feature of FHA is its outstanding “lifetime return policy” for all adopted pets. Read more about FHA.