International Rescue Committee (IRC)

World Refugee Day 2015 - join us!

On June 20, 2015 the International Rescue Committee will join the United Nations in recognizing the resilience and strength of refugees for World Refugee Day.

IRC offices across the United States are celebrating with a variety of events throughout the month of June. Find an event near you:

Abilene, Texas: June 25 – World Refugee Day Volunteer Appreciation Event

Where: Abilene Festival Gardens, 100 Zoo Lane, Abilene

Join the IRC in Abilene for a celebration of our volunteers and World Refugee Day. Enjoy cultural performances by IRC clients, children’s activities and learn more about the IRC.

Baltimore, Maryland: June 20 – World Refugee Day Block Party

When: 12:00-3:00pm
Where: Conkling St & Eastern Ave

Join a block party celebration of Baltimore’s refugee and immigrant community, co-hosted with the Baltimore Resettlement Center. There will be live music, dance, and art activities for the whole family. Food, handmade jewelry and crafts will be on sale. Free and open to the public. 

Boise, Idaho: June 20 – World Refugee Day Idaho Office of Refugees Event

When: 9:00am-2:00pm
Where: Idaho Office of Refugees Celebration, at Grove Plaza and Capital City Market

Enjoy artisan goods prepared by Boise refugees, live music and witness a citizenship ceremony. Free and open to the public. 

Charlottesville, Virginia: June 3 – We Rescue Lives Annual Fundraising Event

When: 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Old Metropolitan Hall, 101 East Main Street 

The evening will include a reception with farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, wine by Stinson Vineyards and Jefferson Vineyards, and sparkling cider by Bold Rock Hard Cider. We will also showcase how the IRC helps refugees establish new roots in our community, including a fund-a-need auction. Tickets are $100 each. Purchase tickets here. 

Charlottesville, Virginia: June 20 – Whole Foods in Charlottesville Nickels for Nonprofits

Visit the IRC’s table at Whole Foods to learn more about our work. The IRC in Charlottesville is partnering with Whole Foods Market through the Nickels for Nonprofits program in order to raise awareness and funds for refugee resettlement efforts in our community. When you shop at Whole Foods in Charlottesville between now and June 20, bring your reusable bags and ask the cashier to give your refunded nickels to the IRC. Each unused paper bag can be five cents gained by the IRC. Don’t forget your reusable bags!

Dallas, Texas: June 20 – World Refugee Day Cultural Celebration sponsored by Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks

Goldman Sachs employees in Dallas will host a Cultural Celebration with the IRC as part of a volunteering giveback day. IRC clients will enjoy food, music and a variety of activities to celebrate World Refugee Day.

Miami, Flordia: June 12 – Miami-Dade Refugee Task Force World Refugee Day Event

When: 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Stephen P. Clark Government Center, Building Lobby 111 NW 1st St.

The Miami-Dade Refugee Task Force is hosting an event to showcase a network of providers, resettlement agencies, and community partners including the IRC in Miami. There will be entertainment and an opportunity to network and much more. Free and open to the public. 

Phoenix, Arizona: June 20 – Turn up the Volume World Refugee Day Benefit Concert

When: Doors open at 8:00pm
Where: Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Avenue

Join the IRC at the Crescent Ballroom in Downtown Phoenix to turn up the volume on the work of the IRC. Guests will enjoy live music at one of Phoenix’s most exciting venues and a signature cocktail made with fruits grown by refugee farmers. Tickets start from $25. Purchase tickets here. 

Los Angeles, California: June 25 – The Refugee Forum of Los Angeles Event

When: 9:00am-3:30pm
Where: 1200 N Vista Ave, West Hollywood

The Refugee Forum of Los Angeles will be hosting a World Refugee Day event for the community to enjoy an afternoon filled with kid-friendly activities, entertainment, light refreshments, and information about the refugee and immigrant services provided by local organizations. The Refugee Forum is a collaboration between 18 Los Angeles County non-profit and government agencies that provide a wide-range of legal, social, and health services to Los Angeles refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.

Los Angeles, California: June 18 – Dining in the Dark hosted by Waka Waka

When: 7:00pm
Where: Opaque Restaurant 2020 Wilshire Ave. Santa Monica

WakaWaka, a solar light and power partner, will host an evening of illuminating conversation and stories benefiting the IRC. Opaque offers the experience of dining in the dark, and IRC will speak to the importance of light and power in refugee camps and for sustained livelihoods. Together, we will honor the resilience and courage of the more than 51 million displaced people fleeing the world’s worst humanitarian crises. 

Oakland, California: June 25 – Escaping Syria Film Screening, hosted by Bay Area GenR

When: 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Ninth Street Independent Film Center 145 Ninth Street #250 

Oakland’s GenR (Generation Rescue) chapter will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Escaping Syria.” The film shows the daily struggle of four Syrian families living in Iraq’s largest refugee camp, Domiz and one of Lebanon’s poorest regions, Akkar. The cocktail reception and screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker and IRC executive producer Cathe Neukum. 

Oakland, California: June 20 – The Refugees of Shangri-La Film Screening, hosted by the East Bay Refugee Forum

When: 10:00-11:45am
Where: Grand Lake Theater in Oakland

Refugee service providers in the East Bay are getting together to celebrate World Refugee Day by screening “The Refugees of Shangri-La” for the local community. The film follows a group of Bhutanese refugees as they seek a new life in the United States after 20 years in a refugee camp. 

Sacramento, California: June 24 – Escaping Syria Film Screening, hosted by Bay Area GenR

When: 6:00-9:00pm
Where: 40 Acres Courtyard, 3428 3rd Avenue

Sacramento’s GenR (Generation Rescue) chapter will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Escaping Syria.” The film shows the daily struggle of four Syrian families living in Iraq’s largest refugee camp, Domiz and one of Lebanon’s poorest regions, Akkar. The cocktail reception and screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker and IRC executive producer Cathe Neukum. 

Salt Lake City, Utah: June 23 – Escaping Syria Film Screening, hosted by GenR

When: 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Publik Space 975 S. West Temple Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City’s GenR (short for Generation Rescue) chapter will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Escaping Syria.” The film shows the daily struggle of four Syrian families living in Iraq’s largest refugee camp, Domiz and one of Lebanon’s poorest regions, Akkar. The cocktail reception and screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker and IRC Executive Producer Cathe Neukum. 

San Diego, California: June 20 – 9:30am to 12:30pm: San Diego World Refugee Day Celebration

When: 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Prescott Promenade, 229 East Main Street, El Cajon

The IRC in San Diego joins all refugee-focused agencies in San Deigo County for a celebration of World Refugee Day. Guests will enjoy cultural performances, global foods, artisans, crafts, and activities for youth. 

San Jose, California: June 19 – World Refugee Day Celebration, hosted by the Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County

When: 4:30pm
Where: Campbell Community Center in Campbell

An afternoon celebration of presentations, cultural entertainment, community resources information, children's activities, raffle prizes and food from around the world. 

Seattle, Washington: June 19 – 10th Annual ARTvocacy

When: 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St, Seattle

Join the IRC in Seattle for the 10th Annual ARTvocacy Event. ARTvocacy features one-of-a-kind artwork created by talented refugees in the Seattle community. Guests and artists will mingle while enjoying light refreshments and stunning views from the top floor of the hotel. The evening will also include a naturalization ceremony. Open to the public, $15 suggested donation. 

Silver Spring, Maryland: June 4 – World Refugee Day Art Celebration

When: 3:00-8:00pm
Where: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Join the IRC in Silver Spring for an interactive art exhibit and participate in the creation of a community mural celebrating the contributions of refugees in the Washington community. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, a mini marketplace, and art exhibitions. Free and open to the public. 

Tucson, Arizona: June 16 – US Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship Ceremony 

When: 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Catalina High School

Join the Department of Economic Security, the IRC and the refugee community to celebrate the lives and cultures of refugees and the great benefits they bring to the Tucson community. Enjoy free food and music, and witness a citizenship ceremony. Mayor Rothchild, Richard Elias and Charles Shipman will speak. Free and open to the public. 

Wichita, Kansas: June 20 – Panel Discussion at Wichita Public Library

When: 11:00am- 12:00pm

Where: Wichita Public Library, Central Library, 223 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor Auditorium, Wichita

Join IRC staff and our refugee clients for an informative panel discussion about issues facing refugees worldwide and how the IRC works to help them complete their journey from harm to home in Wichita.  This event is free and open to the public.

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