International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Celebrating Computer Donations

Many of you who have searched for a job in the United States know how long and exhausting the process can be. A critical tool in the process was likely a computer used to search for job openings, create a resume, write a cover letter, and complete online job applications.

Imagine how challenging the process would be if you had never used a computer before and didn’t have one at home? For refugees coming to America this is often the case. Not having a computer at home can slow down the job-seeking process and make it more difficult to become computer literate, limiting career advancement.

IRC in Phoenix would like to send out a big thank you to our partners at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Southwest Credit Farm Services, Dignity Health and Intel Corporation for their generous donation of 52 full computer systems. 

These donations will go directly to IRC clients in the pre-employment program to help with skill building and becoming self-sufficient.  Additionally, the laptop donations from Intel Corporation will be used to expand IRC’s computer lab which is open during regular office hours for client use.                                                                                                                          

Having a computer at home will allow refugees to enhance their job search and provide their children with a valuable resource to excel in school. Expanding the IRC computer lab with new laptops will enable staff and volunteers to teach refugees how to use these computers and even become certified in various computer certifications. This would not be possible without the support of our community partners.

To donate a computer or other in-kind item, please contact Jackie Nolot, In-Kind Coordinator, at jackie.nolot@rescue.org.
 
Story by Jared Worley, Development VISTA

Picture by Nicky Walker, Development Manager