There are many ways to support the IRC and its mission here in New York. Some supporters begin Crowdrise campaigns, some donate personally, some volunteer their time and some connect their philanthropic efforts with actions in their daily lives. Alice and Katherine, sisters and IRC in NY ambassadors, recently thought outside the box to support the IRC in NY’s work.
As longtime cross country runners for their school, the sisters matched their athletic interests with their humanitarian passions as they ran in a 5K race to support the IRC in NY last month. “While we were running, we felt empowered to do our small part in helping,” wrote Alice and Katherine. “Thinking about the struggles the refugees endure when fleeing the country and arriving to an unfamiliar place is what kept us going in the race.” Together, they raised over $6,000 to support the IRC in NY's work through the Crowdrise page associated with their run!
Alice and Katherine are part of the IRC in NY & NJ Ambassadors program, which was designed to empower those who are passionate about supporting refugees locally, without a minimum age requirement. “As ambassadors with the IRC,” wrote the sisters, “we feel that it is everyone’s responsibility to support refugees and help them build a better life.” The Ambassadors program meets virtually monthly and is an excellent first step in supporting local refugees through both advocacy and fundraising. The 5K and Crowdrise page project is a great example of the kind of fundraising efforts undertaken by both IRC ambassadors and supporters. The IRC in NY and NJ Ambassadors program is lucky to count both Alice and Katherine among its membership, and is always open to new ambassadors.
Congratulations to Alice and Katherine on a race well run, and thank you for your support!
If you are interested in volunteering as an ambassador with Alice and Katherine, please email Rubyn.Wasserman [at] rescue.org.
If you are interested in supporting the IRC in NY & NJ’s work, please donate here.