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News from New York, NY

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


Urgent Help Needed - NY&NJ Emergency Fund

The IRC in NY & NJ's dedicated Robert P. DeVecchi Emergency Fund assists new refugee arrivals and asylum seeking families to address acute needs. With the fund in higher demand than ever before, consider a gift today.


IRC visits Ellis Island!

Through a partnership with TripAdvisor, the IRC in NY has been celebrating clients' successes and achievements with opportunities to explore New York's many notable landmarks and experiences. This past month, Career Development Program participants visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in recognition of IRC clients' hard work to realize their career goals.


Running with the IRC

IRC in NY Economic Empowerment Job Placement Specialist Avrielle Miller is training to run the New York City Marathon to benefit the IRC in NY. As she prepares for the marathon, Avrielle will be updating IRC in NY supporters about her training and work in the office supporting refugees as they work towards economic self-sufficiency.


IRC visits the Empire State Building!

In celebration of a successful Career Program cohort, clients and staff visited the Empire State Building through a partnership with TripAdvisor designed to empower IRC clients in exploring their new home city!


Financial literacy & building credit in NYC

The IRC in NY is now implementing the IRC's new subsidiary initiative, the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), to connect refugees and asylees to a range of affordable financial products that can accelerate clients' upward economic mobility.


New York to Amman and back again

Sixuan Bao, an MSW candidate at Columbia University, is interning with the IRC in NY as her fieldwork assignment this year. She visited Amman, Jordan on her spring break to work on women's humanitarian concerns internationally, where she brought her IRC experience and connections to better the lives of women in need.


New Roots Support Volunteer

The New Roots Intern will help with food production and maintenance at NRCF and NRGs. In addition to food production, the intern will assist with market, educational and community activities. This position works directly with the Food and Agriculture Coordinator.


Front Desk Volunteer

The Front Desk Volunteer will provide coverage for the reception desk, greet and direct client walk-ins, and schedule client appointments with appropriate staff.  He/she will answer the IRC in New York’s main telephone line, direct incoming calls as appropriate and assess documentation of clients to determine program eligibility. The Front Desk Volunteer will provide additional clerical assistance and support to IRC staff in the New York regional office.   


Adult ESL Volunteer Teacher

Volunteers will teach one or two levels (beginner and intermediate) modular “a la carte” English class to help newly arrived refugees and immigrants transition into the everyday aspects of life in the US. Using engaging and student-centered lessons, the teacher will provide content-based instruction. Finally, volunteers will collaborate with members of the Family Education team to ensure clients’ immediate educational needs are met. 


Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer will design and put together 2019 RYSA Yearbook, working in collaboration with the Yearbook Coordinator and volunteer RYSA Photographer(s). The Graphic Designer will work part-time as needed on-site at the Summer Academy and participate in project meetings at the IRC in NY office. The Photographer will work collaboratively with the Yearbook Coordinator and Photographer, assist with yearbook responsibilities, and meet the required yearbook deadlines.