Thank You, Volunteers!
On Thursday, March 22 the IRC in Seattle came together to celebrate something we have long known: that we have some of the most dedicated, compassionate, and hard-working volunteers around. About thirty-five volunteers and staff members gathered at the IRC Seattle office for an evening of good food and great fun!
Volunteers were welcomed by IRC in Seattle Executive Director, Bob Johnson, who presented each attendee with an IRC pin and certificate of appreciation. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed learning about each other’s volunteer experiences and about the different volunteer positions represented at the potluck. Some volunteers had been with the IRC for years and years, while others were just beginning their relationships with the organization. Staff members also shared a bit about their role at the IRC, something volunteers are usually eager to learn more about.
The potluck gave the IRC a unique opportunity to not only honor the work of our volunteers, but also get to know them on a more personal level and learn about what motivates them to donate their time and energy. All expressed how volunteering for the IRC has been very rewarding. For some, working with newly arrived refugees has been a life-changing experience, leading them to encourage family and friends to also get involved.
Thank you to all who joined us in our celebration, and to those of you who couldn’t attend, we hope to see you at a future volunteer event very soon! Volunteers are integral to the work of the IRC in Seattle, and from the bottom of our hearts, we extend the utmost appreciation and gratitude.
Every year, IRC in Seattle volunteers contribute thousands of hours to help refugees in King County prepare for employment, apply for citizenship, make new friends, and ultimately become more involved in our community. Interested in joining our team? Click here to learn how you can get involved!