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GenR raises $8,000 to support the IRC in Silver Spring

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The Metro DC Chapter of GenR Photo: Gopi Raghu

On May 8, the DC Metro Chapter of GenR held a fundraising event at WeWork White House to raise money for the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring’s efforts to make refugees feel at home in Maryland. The night featured refugee photography and music, storytelling, hor d'oeuvres catered by Foodhini’s refugee chefs, games and raffle prizes.

Over 100 supporters came together to raise nearly $8,000, which will directly support the IRC’s humanitarian work in the DC Metro area. The IRC in Silver Spring would like to give special thanks to Trip Advisor, AirBnB, Modelo, WeWork, One Hope, and Eatwell DC for sponsoring and hosting the event and to the DC Metro Chapter of GenR for the planning and execution.

GenR, short for Generation Rescue, is a group of young and influential humanitarians who have joined forces with the IRC to help people affected by crisis to survive and rebuild their lives. Through advocacy, networking and fundraising activities, GenR members engage and activate their communities in support of the IRC’s work around the world. Since launching in New York City in 2010, GenR chapters have opened in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Charlottesville, Miami, and the DC Metro area. Whether they are volunteering with a summer program for refugee youth, hosting a trivia event or traveling to visit the IRC’s international programs, GenR members are a force for change and are making an impact.

Under 40 and interested in supporting the IRC in Silver Spring’s humanitarian work by joining the DC Metro Chapter of GenR? Contact GenR.DCMetro [at] rescue.org.

Want to learn about other opportunities to help make refugees feel at home in Maryland? Email Volunteer Coordinator Mark Youmans at Mark.Youmans [at] rescue.org.