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How to Help Refugees in San Diego

With a renewed humanitarian focus on immigration policies under the new presidential administration, more families will be able to find safety in America. The work starts now to rebuild the refugee resettlement program prepare to welcome more refugee, asylee, and asylum seeking families to San Diego. 

Your support is needed at this critical moment. Learn all the ways to welcome refugees and asylum-seekers in our community:

  1. Help provide a Warm Welcome for newly arrived families 
  2. Build support in our community.
  3. Donate
  4. Volunteer
  5. Fundraise
  6. Stay up to date 
  7. Shop local with the IRC SBDC

1.  Sign up to help provide a 'Warm Welcome' for new arrivals.

Help us prepare for increased new arrivals and provide refugee families with a warm welcome to San Diego as soon as they get here. You can sign up to be notified of upcoming in-kind donation drives, new virtual wish lists for recently arrived families and other opportunities to provide much-needed essential items. Sign up here.

Click here to see current wish lists for refugee families in need. 

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2.  Build community support.

IRC speakers are available to present to schools, clubs, and organizations. sandiego [at] rescue.org (subject: Speaker%20Request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20am%20interested%20in%20scheduling%20an%20IRC%20speaker%20for%20my%20group.%0A%0AGroup%20name%3A%0A%0AThank%20you!) (Contact us) to request a guest speaker for your group to help educate our community about refugee resettlement. 

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3. Donate: Make a one-time gift or sign up as a monthly sustainer. 

You can directly support our work helping refugees and other vulnerable families in San Diego by visiting: www.Rescue.org/SDdonate or mail to: 5348 University Ave. Suite 205 San Diego, CA 92105 Attn: Development. To double your impact,  see if your office has a workplace giving program. Many companies will match their employee’s donations, or even make donations to match employees’ volunteer hours. You can also make a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA or transfer a gift of appreciated stock, or give in celebration or honor of a loved one. 

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4. Volunteer: Remote opportunities are available! 

While our offices remain remote as a result of the pandemic, all current open opportunities, and upcoming orientation dates can be found at www.Rescue.org/SDvolunteer.

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5.  Fundraise: Make the most impact by getting your networks involved.

You can start your own fundraiser on the easy-to-use GoFundMe platform. Ask for donations in lieu of gifts for your birthday, graduation, or other occasion or share your GoFundMe with your workplace and community.

Download our online fundraising toolkit to get started. You can also email sandiego [at] rescue.org (subject: Fundraiser) for assistance or more information. 

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6. Stay updated: Follow us online and sign up for our e-newsletter. 

Be the first to hear of IRC events, opportunities to get involved and give back by signing up for our San Diego e-newsletter. You can also follow the IRC in San Diego on Facebook and Twitter.

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7.  Buy Local: Shop BIPOC, refugee, and immigrant-owned businesses. 

The IRC in San Diego is home to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that uplifts refugee and immigrant-owned businesses. See our client directory to shop small and support refugee businesses here

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