Dear IRC volunteers, interns and community partners,

The IRC’s office in Silver Spring is closed to protect the health of clients, partners, staff and the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff will continue to work remotely and will assist the individuals and families we serve to navigate the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are interested in supporting IRC clients during this time, the two best ways to do this are:

  1. Purchase a Visa gift card from our Amazon Wishlist. These cards will be delivered to our office, where mail is being checked regularly. Staff will send these gift cards to clients who can use them to purchase food, cell phone credit, or other necessities. Many clients are losing their jobs as the economy grinds to a halt and could use additional support as they navigate this crisis. (Note: please do not send packages during this time).
  2. Donate to support the IRC in Silver Spring. This will help us to be responsive to client needs.

You can reach us in one of the following ways:

  1. Call 301-562-8633 and dial the three-digit extension for the staff member. Please dial 0 to leave a message on our general mailbox. We will continue to check this voicemail once a day.
  2. Email [email protected]. This mailbox will be checked at least once a day.

    Thank you for your continued solidarity and support. Wishing you all the best of health.


    Ruben Chandrasekar | Executive Director
    Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI)
    International Rescue Committee in Maryland