IRC 2010 Summer Picnic
On Saturday, August 7th, the IRC in Seattle hosted a Summer Picnic at Seahurst Park in Burien. IRC families, staff, volunteers, and community partners came together to thank our supporters and welcome our recently resettled families to their new home. Due to generous support from the community, our picnic fare included fresh fruit, numerous salads, pulled pork, veggie dogs, hamburgers, and some delectable desserts. Special thanks to Field Roast, RoRo’s, Tutta Bella, Mighty O Donuts, QFC, Trader Joes, Target, and to the many families who also provided items.
Seahurst Park provided a magnificent backdrop to the day’s events with its stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. When not enjoying the fabulous food, picnic participants played soccer, badminton, bocce ball, flew kites, played with bubbles, and held relay races. Access to the beach allowed families to play in the sand and observe local sea life. Despite the dreary weather, the picnic was a huge success!
As part of the Summer Picnic, the IRC Seattle partnered with InMotion, Hopelink, and First Transit in order to host a Bus Riding Workshop. Interpreters were on hand to assist refugees as they were introduced to the Metro system, given a tour of a Metro bus, and observed a demonstration on how to ride a bus and use the ORCA system. Upon completion of the workshop, refugees received a free ORCA card, pre-loaded with $5. The IRC Seattle, InMotion, Hopelink, and First Transit were pleased with the outcome of the workshop and hope we have given newly resettled refugees more confidence as they make their way through their new community.
Check out the Seattle Times coverage of the IRC Picnic here.
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