Over the past couple years, the world has been captivated by the refugee crisis emerging from the war in Syria. Images of those fleeing the conflict in Syria and dire situations elsewhere have galvanized Americans to try and help in any way possible. Americans have the opportunity to help refugees in their own backyards. Every year, the International Rescue Committee and other nonprofit organizations contract with the US government to help up to 110,000 refugees a year resettle, find jobs and housing, and integrate into American life. In Missoula, we will be aiding up to 150 new refugees in 2017 as we continue to build capacity to support new refugee families as they become part of the Missoula community.
The IRC in Missoula relies on community support to assist refugees who are fleeing from war and persecution in their home countries. Visit out volunteer opportunities to see what opportunities are right for you.
Here is how you can help if you live in the Missoula:
Give a tax-deductible financial contribution to the IRC in Missoula. Although we do receive support from the federal governments to assist new refugees, many services we provide -- such as helping refugees become gainfully employed -- are not currently government support. Moreover, government support for resettlement in general has gone down significantly in the past couple years. Your gift will go far to help refugees integrate and become self-sufficient in the Missoula community.
Donate household items. The IRC in Missuola coordinates with Soft Landing Missoula to receive and organize donated goods to help set-up new homes for arriving refugees. This allows their meager first resources provided refugees to go farther. Contact IRC in Missoula with donations inquiries at missoula [at] rescue.org. Any contributions are tax deductible.
Become Member of a Family Mentor team. Family Mentor Teams work with newly-arrived refugee families, providing refugees a meaningful connection to the community and individualized support as they adapt to life in the United States. A focus is placed on practicing English language skills, preparing them for their first job in the U.S., exploring and familiarizing themselves with the city, and becoming self-sufficient in their new home. A commitment of three hours per week for six months is expected. For more information, please email missoula [at] rescue.org or apply on-line.
Employ a refugee. After being forced to flee their homes and endure unimaginable hardship, Refugees have shown incredible resiliency and are eager to find work and integrate into their new community. Employers can benefit from hiring these hard working, adaptable individuals. The IRC’s free employment services are always available to help refugees and employers at every step of the way. This includes pre-screening and assessment, job-readiness training, on-the-job counseling, and administrative support. For more information, please email missoula [at] rescue.org