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News from Elizabeth, NJ

Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Elizabeth, NJ, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


Sweet treats with United Tastes of America

IRC's partner is celebrating the holiday season with handmade sweet treats from Syrian families in New Jersey!


Rising Leaders launches at IRC!

A new program for teenage clients, Rising Leaders offers wellness curriculum, college and career readiness training, and community building weekly during the school year. And as an added bonus, soccer!


Now accepting furniture donations!

IRC in Elizabeth is now accepting furniture donations to ease initial costs for new arrivals and support clients in need of essential furniture. Read below for details!


Refugee artist wows IRC staff

Newly arrived Congolese client Chishimba Muyambo has brought his impressive painting skills to New Jersey.


Financial coaching begins in NJ

Through a new partnership with Wells Fargo, the IRC is now offering financial coaching services and will soon launch its Center for Economic Opportunity.


Now serving asylum-seeking families in NJ

The IRC in Elizabeth is excited to announce that we have expanded services for asylum-seeking families.


RYSA Review: 4 years strong

In its fourth year, the Refugee Youth Summer Academy brought 90 refugee students together at Kean University for three wonderful weeks this summer.


Volunteer Adult ESL Tutor

The IRC in New Jersey seeks volunteer tutors to support English language learning among recently arrived adult refugees who have fled persecution in their home country and are rebuilding their lives in New Jersey. IRC will pair tutors with students based on mutual availability. Tutors may support students during ESL classes or during individual or small group sessions. Tutors should be available to volunteer at least 3 hours per week. Strong preference will be given to volunteers who can tutor for a period of six months.


IRC NJ Adult Education Intern

The Adult Education Intern assists newly arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills. This intern will also assist in supporting logistics for cultural orientation classes, where newly arrived refugee clients gain an understanding of community resources and expectations for the resettlement period.


Cultural Orientation Volunteer

The IRC in New Jersey seeks volunteers to teach Cultural Orientation classes,  where newly arrived refugees learn about the basics of life in the U.S. Wide-ranging topics such as emergency services,  transportation, and school are covered so that refugees can begin to thrive in their new environment. Volunteers will also help newly arrived refugees explore their neighborhoods and provide follow-up support for individuals needing additional one-on-one assistance.