News from Oakland, CA
Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, CA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.
Register to Vote Here!
1 in 10 eligible voters are new Americans! The IRC is here to support with voter education to support naturalized citizens and eligible voters. If you are not eligible to vote, do not register to vote as it will have consequences on your immigration status. If you are not yet a U.S. citizen, contact the IRC's immigration services by calling or texting (408) 472-3675.
Meet Sarah Terlouw - Executive Director in Northern CA
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the news that IRC has welcomed Sarah Terlouw as the new executive director of the IRC Northern California offices. Sarah is not new to the IRC family. She most recently served as the country director for the IRC operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of 6 offices and a team of more than 700 staff across the country.
IRC and refugees respond with resiliency and innovation
Having been laid off in the last recession, Ian Murphy knows the struggles of this tumultuous time, and has taken action for his IRC clients. With refugees and immigrants across the Bay Area struggling to find job opportunities, Murphy, an ESL instructor has launched a new class on Zoom to engage creativity.
IRC in Northern California Response to Covid-19
We are continuously addressing the current and potential impacts this outbreak will have on IRC programs in Northern California (Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Turlock/Modesto). IRC is providing critical information in all relevant languages to IRC employees, volunteers, refugees, victims of trafficking, asylees, and other hard-to-reach populations. We are working hard to ensure families have access to life essentials: food, internet and devices, cash assistance and all eligible public benefits.
Citizenship and Immigration Program
The IRC's Immigration Department can help any immigrant population to petition to bring family members to the U.S., apply for citizenship, green cards, work authorization, travel documents, and more.
H.O.M.E. Program: Housing Outreach Mentorship Education
Youth Education Volunteer
Oakland IRC’s Economic Empowerment program supports clients in rebuilding their lives in the U.S. The IRC supports new arrivals find their first job in the U.S. through Early Employment Programs, which blend classroom job-readiness instruction and individualized employment case management in helping over 75 percent of enrolled cases successfully find employment within 6 months of arrival to the U.S. While clients are looking for a job, they simultaneously learn about the complex U.S. financial services system, receive help in establishing bank accounts, and can access consumer advocacy and financial coaching support from IRC Financial Counselors.
Immigration Clinic Volunteer
Gain experience with a broad range of immigration policies while supporting the Immigration Program's community-based consultation clinics in Fruitvale.
Internship opportunities in Oakland
Recruitment:Year round End/Start Date: Via Cohort Model
Applicants may also complete an in-person or Skype interview prior to receiving an internship offer. Read below for internship descriptions and instructions on how to apply.
IRC in Northern California's Emergency Response Fund - Soft Landing Fund
IRC in Northern California is opening up the Soft Landing Fund to directly support refugee families meet essential needs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds will be available for families and individuals throughout California who are affected by loss of pay, housing, food insecurity, and lack of internet access & devices.