Every year, IRC Youth Programs support 450 students across the greater Seattle region - supporting their understanding of US school systems as for some it will be their first time learning at a US school, helping them meet their academic goals, and building confidence. The vision and mission of IRC Youth Programs in Washington is for refugee and immigrant youth to have the skills and resources necessary to achieve academic success and pursue a future of opportunity. This year we are partnering with local YMCA of Greater Seattle branches to increase the amount of school supplies given to youth in the broader Puget Sound region. You can support youth in getting all the essential school supplies they need to have a successful 2023-2024 academic year!
How to participate
Gather your loved ones and run a donation drive or purchase from either our elementary or secondary education Amazon wishlist. Donors can either purchase school supplies in bulk or individually OR purchase a backpack and fill it with the appropriate school supplies (see school supply list below). Items purchased from our Amazon wishlist will be delivered to our warehouse located at 2365 S 200th St SeaTac, WA 98198. You can also purchase school supplies from other retail stores and ship directly to our warehouse address or drop off in-person during IRC business hours (M-F, 9-5pm). All school supply items must be brand new or never used. Our goal for the 2023-2024 academic year is to collect about 300 backpacks worth of school supplies!
You can also drop off your school supplies at the one of the following YMCA branches: Coal Creek, Sammamish, Bellevue, Snoqualmie, and Matt Griffin. Visit their website and see if you live close one of the branches listed.
Scroll down to see the school supplies we are looking for. There are two separate lists: elementary and secondary.
Have questions? Email [email protected] or check out these FAQs.
Can I donate used items?
Lightly used items (like graphing calculators) are great, but we ask that all items are in a like-new condition.
When is the deadline to deliver donations?
Ideally by the end of September as that is around the time the 2023-2024 school year starts, however, we do accept donations all year long!
Where can I ship my donations?
International Rescue Committee Seattle warehouse located at 2365 S 200th St. SeaTac, WA 98198.
Can I drop off donations in person?
Please reach out to [email protected] to schedule a drop-off at the IRC warehouse in SeaTac, WA. Please plan to wear a face mask and practice physical distancing when making drop-offs.
Can I add on items?
Please email [email protected] for any specific donation questions - but additional pencils, pens, or supplies are always welcome and will be shared with students throughout the school year.
Can I include a card with my donations?
Yes! Cards or notes with messages of welcome are encouraged. You will not know the exact person the coat will be given to, so a general message of welcome and kindness is best. Please avoid religious messages or iconography.
Are the items I donate tax deductible?
Yes. The IRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and both financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please include an itemized list of donations with your shipment, or email the list to IRC after you've delivered your items. IRC will issue you an acknowledgement for tax purposes. Donors are responsible for assigning a value to in-kind donations for tax purposes. Save those receipts! While not required, it is very helpful if you also provide IRC with copies of your receipts. This allows IRC to maintain accurate documentation of donations received by clients, a requirement of many of our government-funded programs.
Have additional questions?
Email [email protected] for more information or to ask specific questions!