IRC in Los Angeles Kicks Off National Volunteer Week with a Volun-TEA
The IRC in Los Angeles kicked off National Volunteer Week with a Volun-TEA event on Sunday, April 15th at our office in Glendale. The Volun-TEA brought together IRC staff and volunteers over tea, sweets, and a performance on guitar and harmonica by IRC’s Caseworker, Adam Cameron. Volunteers received certificates acknowledging their invaluable contributions and were invited to plant their own flowers in a pot to take with them to represent how each of them plants the seed of kindness.
The event recognized and celebrated those who are so dear to IRC staff and clients-- our volunteers. IRC’s volunteers influence the lives of refugees, asylees, and low-income immigrants by offering their love, support, energy, and encouragement. After witnessing the worst of humanity, being treated with respect and dignity offers our clients hope for a brighter future.
By their generous commitment, these volunteers set a wonderful example and demonstrate the power of individuals to effect remarkable change. IRC staff and clients are inspired and heartened by the outpouring of volunteer support, generosity, and leadership.
Naturally, the event was in large part organized and carried out by our very own Volunteer Coordinator Intern, Neika Nowamooz, another IRC Volunteer. In her drive to acknowledge others’ dedication, Neika put in extra hours beyond her typical work week to ensure the event’s success. It was her own creativity that inspired the name and the theme for the event. We applaud Neika’s undying commitment to and genuine compassion for our agency, clients, and volunteers.
IRC in Los Angeles would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to our over 150 active volunteers! We continue to express our appreciation year round, but this National Volunteer Week is especially dedicated to each and every one of you!
Please see our facebook page for photos of the event: