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ICYMI: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

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On April 9th, 75+ community members joined us for our first-ever virtual town hall. IRC Seattle Executive Director, Nicky Smith and Deputy Director, Kathleen Morris discussed challenges facing refugee and immigrant communities due to COVID-19, how the IRC is responding, and ways you can help your newest neighbors during this difficult time.

Check out the audio recording of the town hall here. Note that the beginning of the recording is cut off; at the start of the recording, Nicky is responding to the first question about challenges facing the communities that the IRC serves.

We're so inspired by IRC's supporters who are stepping up to make refugees welcome, even in this challenging time for our whole community. Looking for ways to help? Here are a few ways to get started today:

  1. Donate to the IRC’s emergency fund. Already, many IRC clients have been impacted by quarantines, reductions in public services, and layoffs and hiring freezes. Help us ensure that newcomers have the resources and services they need to get through this trying time.
  2. Donate via IRC's Amazon wishlist much-needed hygiene, health, food, and school supply items.
  3. Volunteer to sew masks. Help us keep our newest neighbors healthy & safe by sewing cloth face coverings following CDC guidelines. Are you a sewer? Email us at Seattle [at] Rescue.org for more info on how to help out!
  4. Spread facts, not stigma. Misinformation can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Access anti-stigma resources to read and share with your community.