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The IRC in Richmond Welcomes Three AmeriCorps Service Members

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IRC in Richmond AmeriCorps members L to R: Elvie Banda, Jess Carey, Meredith Johnson

The IRC in Richmond is thrilled to welcome three AmeriCorps members to the staff, supported, in part, with federal funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps State program subgranted through the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Social Services.

Meredith Johnson will serve as the Healthy Futures AmeriCorps Member, joining the Refugee Health Education and Outreach program. “I am excited to dive into the world of refugee resettlement! I believe in the power of storytelling, and am most looking forward to getting to know the clients in order to walk with them on their journey to receiving the access to healthcare and educational health resources that they deserve.”

Jess Carey joins the IRC in Richmond Employment team as the Economic Empowerment AmeriCorps Member. She will provide training to help recently arrived refugees and other immigrants attain economic self-sufficiency through employment. “After a week, I am already inspired by such a passionate Employment team and excited for the opportunity to serve alongside them! During this next year, I'm most looking forward to connecting with clients seeking employment and developing additional financial planning curricula to contribute to Job Readiness Training.”

Elvie Banda is making a big move from Michigan to join the Richmond team as the Capacity Building AmeriCorps Member. She will support the Volunteer Coordinator with activities to increase the number of volunteers and the amount of volunteer support available to clients and staff as well as support resource development initiatives including in-kind donations.

“I am looking forward to experiencing the growth the Richmond office will have and building a self-sustaining and empowered community of refugees.” 

The IRC in Richmond staff extends a warm welcome to all three new members and looks forward to all the learning experiences planned for the next incredible year.