Local Service, Global Impact
As a volunteer or intern with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas, your service may be local but your impact is global.
Around the world in 40 countries and in 23 U.S. cities, the IRC works to restore safety, dignity and hope to those who have lost everything as a result of war or persecution. In the U.S., the IRC works to give them a chance at a new life. Interns and volunteers serve alongside staff to address basic needs, provide essential information and help refugees integrate and acquire the skills they need to succeed.
Liza, an IRC intern, serves with IRC’s Refugee Cash Assistance program. Through her travels and study abroad in East Africa, Liza’s eyes were opened to the plight of Congolese refugees.
“I really love when a client becomes self sufficient,” she says. “It makes me happy to know that they can support themselves, even though I will miss working with them.”
This past year, the IRC welcomed more than 700 refugees in Dallas and 177 in Abilene. From the moment they arrive, the IRC is there to provide essential services and to give extended support to those families that need it.
IRC’s family mentor program places volunteers with newly arrived refugee families to help them practice English and get acclimated to their new home. Ashvina, IRC intern, helps to introduce mentors to the refugee families they were be serving.
“The best part of my internship is being a part of the interaction between family mentors and refugee families during their first meeting,” she says. “The refugee families are so appreciative and surprisingly open, given what they’ve experienced.”
Whether dedicating between four to six months as an intern or serving as a volunteer a few hours a month, your time at the IRC is helping refugees at every step on their journey from harm home.