For two and a half years, Gillian has shared her time and talents with the IRC in Seattle as both an administrative volunteer and pro bono photographer. She volunteers weekly staffing our reception area, warmly welcoming visitors to the office and connecting refugee and immigrant clients with the services they need. She’s also shared her photography skills with us, shooting photos for numerous IRC events, workshops, and client stories. Gillian has also trained IRC staff on how to be better photographers!
When asked what motivated her to begin volunteering, Gillian responds: “I strongly wanted to counter the negative narrative about refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers that was being perpetuated after the last presidential election. I knew refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers enriched our communities and made us a stronger nation and I wanted to use my time to support them.” We’re incredibly fortunate to have the support of generous and empathetic people like Gillian, who dedicate thousands of hours volunteering each year welcoming newcomers to Washington State.
In appreciation of Gillian’s outstanding volunteer efforts and steadfast support of refugee & immigrant communities, we’re pleased to announce she is the 2019 recipient of the Einstein Award for Service. Gillian will be honored at the upcoming Rebuilding Lives Dinner on October 4th. Join us for a special night honoring the many ways newcomers & survivors of human trafficking enrich our community, while raising critical support for the IRC's local programs.
Interested in joining our outstanding team of volunteer? Attend an upcoming volunteer information session to learn more about getting involved!