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IRC Volunteers and staff celebrating their accomplishments at the Volunteer Appreciation event in May.

On Saturday, May 18th, 2024, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Richmond hosted a heartfelt Volunteer Appreciation Event to honor the dedicated individuals who support our refugee resettlement efforts. Despite a last-minute change of location due to inclement weather, the event was a resounding success, underscoring the unwavering commitment of our volunteers.

Volunteers are the backbone of the IRC’s mission, providing invaluable support to refugees as they embark on their journey towards self-sufficiency and autonomy. From assisting with overcoming language barriers and job searches to offering friendship and guidance, volunteers play a pivotal role in helping our clients rebuild their lives. Their efforts ensure that refugees not only survive but thrive, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment.

The appreciation event was a testament to the strong sense of community and solidarity that defines our volunteer network. The IRC staff expressed immense gratitude to the volunteers for their perseverance and flexibility. Despite the weather-related challenges, the turnout was impressive, highlighting the dedication of our volunteers who made it a priority to attend.

Throughout the event, attendees enjoyed a variety of activities and refreshments. Volunteers shared stories of impact, illustrating the various interactions and memories they have created with refugee families. Each experience demonstrates the efforts volunteers have directly contributed to the success and happiness of our clients. The atmosphere was filled with warmth and camaraderie, as volunteers and staff celebrated their collective achievements.

The IRC in Richmond extends a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers. Their dedication and compassion are vital to the success of our programs and the well-being of the refugees we serve. The IRC is always welcoming new volunteers to join our cause, inviting the broader community to contribute to building a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

For those interested in making a difference, volunteering with the IRC offers an opportunity to be part of a transformative journey. Together, we can create a brighter future for refugees in Richmond, fostering a community where everyone has the chance to thrive. You can read more about volunteer roles on our website or send us an email with any questions at [email protected].