International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Welcome to GenR!

We R GenR
Photo: Gerald Martone/IRC

GenR, short for Generation Rescue, is a group of young and influential humanitarians between the ages of 25 and 40 who have joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help people survive and rebuild their lives.

When you become a GenR member, you not only join a community of like-minded individuals, but have the opportunity to attend exclusive IRC-related cultural events, volunteer with recently resettled refugees, network with humanitarian leaders, and so much more.  Best of all, as a member of GenR, you help to shape the future of one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations in the world. By lending your voice and supporting our efforts, you will help to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of families around the world. 



We R builders.
We R ground breakers.
We R dreamers.
We R innovators.

We R a force for change, we R GenR!

GenR Contacts:

Bay Area
Maggie Hicks

Michele Villarreal

New York Metro Area
Melody Westen

Salt Lake City
Natalie El-Deiry

Tanya Cooke

Don’t see your city listed?  Don’t worry.  GenR is continuously growing and chapters are popping up in new cities all the time.  To learn how to get involved in your community, contact us at or 212.551.2734.

Thank you to our sponsor:

Threads for Thought logo, IRC GenR sponsor


The Latest

We R GenR: Past Events

  • Fifth Annual GenR Summer Party
  • Fifth Annual GenR Summer Party
  • Fifth Annual GenR Summer Party
  • Career workshop with GenR at the New York Resettlement office in February 2013, to give refugee youth the opportunity to learn about different career fields in New York City.
  • NYC refugee youth develop professional skills through program workshops at the New York Resettlement office with GenR.
  • Guests enjoying the GenR party at the Threads 4 Thought showroom in New York in February 2013: Danielle Sandars, Tiffany Chen, Lisa Musmanno; the IRC's Danielle Silber and Lisa Brochet.
  • GenR steering committee members and reception hosts Leigh and Eric Fleet at their Threads 4 Thought showroom in New York in February 2013.
  • IRC President George Rupp addresses an audience of GenR members and IRC Staff
  • Guests enjoy the GenR Bay Area launch party in October 2012.
  • Guests enjoy the GenR Bay Area launch party in October 2012.
  • A performance at the GenR Bay Area launch party in October 2012.
  • IRC staff member, Althea Kitchens, helps IRC client prepare display of fresh produce picked from Drew Gardens.
  • Morena Baccarin, Homeland actress and IRC Voice, attended GenR's summer party.
  • IRC President George Rupp, refugee Ah Lun, Chef David Burke, Leigh & Eric Fleet
  • GenR steering committee members Oliver Schulze,  Ashley Passik at GenR party
  • Decor at Second Annual GenR Part, held at the David Burke Garden at James Hotel
  • Views of the city and party goers at the 2011 GenR Launch Party at The Greenhous
  • 2011 GenR Launch Party featured mojitos with fresh mint from IRC’s New Roots Far
  • Party goers at the 2011 GenR Launch Party
  • GenR steering committee member & DJ Christopher Anderson at the 2011 GenR party
  • Panelists Filmmaker Melissa Fitzgerald; IRC’s Gerry Martone, John Pendergast
  • Gerry Martone, IRC’s Director of Humanitarian Affairs with attendees
  • John Pendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project in conversation with guest

Since its launch in the summer of 2011, GenR members have come together to support the International Rescue Committee's vital mission. This group of young professionals has hosted events, volunteered their time, helped raise funds, connected with their fellow members and had fun!

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How We Help

  • GenR advocates on behalf of uprooted people, raising awareness of forgotten humanitarian crises  
  • GenR volunteers support refugees resettled right in their communities
  • GenR raises funds to support the IRC’s work with families uprooted by war or natural disaster
  • GenR spreads the word about the IRC and the people who are helped in their journey from harm to home.
  • GenR makes a real impact while connecting and having fun
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