Volunteers are needed to welcome new families from Afghanistan this year. The first is expected soon. Active recruitment is underway to assemble a team of several volunteers to prepare for their arrival, welcome them to New London, and provide ongoing help as they transition to life in their new community. The work is divided into two general areas (1) preparing for arrival and (2) ongoing activity. To learn how you can help welcome a refugee family, please attend a Thursday evening volunteer meetup which is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London. For additional information about Start Fresh, go to www.startfreshct.org.