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.
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.
Corporate Engagement Opportunities
The IRC in Northern California is pleased to provide our local and national partners with opportunities to engage directly with our programs in a meaningful way. Through volunteer events, small corporate groups work together to deliver their unique assistance and expertise directly to the IRC's refugee and asylee clients. All activities can be paired with an education session that teaches participants the basics of refugee resettlement.
Webinar: Addressing the future of refugee resettlement in the US
Join this webinar briefing with the International Rescue Committee to learn about the current and future status of refugee resettlement in the US and hear about some of our special program to help refugees rebuild their lives. Resettlement is an important part of IRC’s work with refugees. Learn about the comprehensive services the IRC provides within the first months of a refugee’s arrival in the United States as well as the current state of refugee resettlement in the US.