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How to support refugees in Salt Lake City

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The IRC and the United States have a long history of warmly welcoming the world’s most persecuted people. Generous supporters around the world have pledged their time and resources to helping refugees start anew. The minute these brave individuals step off the plane in Salt Lake City, IRC staff and volunteers are there to help them on the final leg of their journey. 

Utah remains committed to being a welcoming community for the world’s refugee population, evidenced by the amount of support and interest the IRC in Salt Lake City received over the past year. We provide many opportunities to get involved and send a message of hope to refugees in our community.

What can you do to help?

Give.

We need your financial support for our programs. Your gifts assist refugees and help us lead the call to keep Utah communities safe and open.

  • Your generous gift can be made online. You can support refugees through a one-time gift or become a monthly sustainer to continue your support throughout the year.
  • Start a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise. Invite family, friends, coworkers and your civic group to join you in supporting refugees.
  • Host a DIY Fundraising event. Bake cookies, grow seedlings, run a marathon, sing, and more!
  • Check to see if your employer offers a workplace giving match program. Many companies will match their employees' donations or even make donations to match employees' volunteer hours. 
  • Donate an in-kind gift to refugee families and individuals in need. Learn more about our current in-kind donations.
  • Contact us at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org to learn more.

Volunteer.

Each program relies on volunteers to effectively support newly arrived refugees in Salt Lake City.

  • Our volunteer needs change throughout the year, but you can start the volunteer process anytime of the year. Learn more about our volunteer needs and next steps for becoming a volunteer. Start here.
  • Looking to fulfill an internship with a humanitarian organization? Look no further. Interested applicants can learn more about our unpaid internships.
  • Do you have a group searching for a service project? Are you a professional hoping to apply your skills to support newly arrived refugees? Contact our volunteer coodinator, Kayla Norman, at VolunteerSLC [at] Rescue.org.

Advocate.

One important way you can help is by contacting your elected official with a compassionate message encouraging them to continue to make Utah a hospitable place for all refugees. A call to your elected official only takes a few minutes but makes an immediate impact. 

  • Slam the door against hate, not refugees. Sign up to receive Take Action notices directly to your phone or inbox. Sign up. 
  • Help us reach your elected officials at all levels. Call, email and send letters to your elected officials letting them know you support refugees coming to your community and why. 

"My name is ______. I am a constituent from <city>, Utah who supports Governor Herbert's efforts to continue refugee resettlement in Utah. I ask you to follow Governor Herbert's lead and ensure all refugees are welcome, valued, and able to build a successful life in our state. Thank you."

Educate.

You can learn more about refugee resettlement to spread awareness of refugees and the IRC's efforts to create a welcoming community for everyone.

  • SaltLakeCity [at] Rescue.org (Contact us) to schedule a presentation to learn more about refugee resettlement and the work of the IRC. 
  • Request a speaker for your next event from our local Speakers Bureau to learn more about refugees and our organization.
  • Learn about the refugee resettlement process and share IRC materials with members of your community.
  • Share facts, not myths, about refugees. Here are seven common myths debunked.
  • The U.N. Refugee Agency provides Figures at a Glance. Did you know only 189,300 refugees were resettled in 2016 out of 22.5 million refugees forcibly displaced in the same year? Learn more.

Stay Informed.

We share exciting news throughout the week and month. Don't miss an update!

Keep up with all of our programs in Salt Lake City, including:

For general inquiries, kindly contact us at SaltLakeCity [at] Rescue.org or call 801.328.1091.