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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.


Items needed for refugees in Oakland

The primary beneficiaries of IRC donated goods are refugees from all over the world who have fled their homelands after experiencing life-threatening persecution and are unable to stay or return to his or her home country.


Immigration and Citizenship Services in Northern California

The IRC's Immigration Department helps refugees, asylees, immigrants, and undocumented individuals to petition to bring family members to the U.S., apply for citizenship, green cards, work authorization, travel documents, and more. 


Do-It-Yourself Fundraising

Support local refugee resettlement by hosting your own fundraiser


How to volunteer in Oakland

Through the IRC in Oakland’s varied volunteer opportunities, individuals are able to share their unique experience and expertise directly with the IRC's refugee and asylee clients in the Bay Area. We currently operate several highly effective programs designed to meet a variety of refugee and asylee newcomers' needs.


Internship opportunities in Oakland

Summer internships are now open for application! Interns work closely with staff to achieve organization goals. We are actively recruiting for internships in Access and Legal Rights, Development and Outreach, Economic Empowerment, New Roots (Garden Program), Refugee Resettlement and General Office support.


TAKE ACTION: Support Refugees in Northern California

Thank you for your interest in supporting refugees and taking a stand for welcome in Northern California.  You are vital to protecting the values that make this country who we are. On behalf of those we serve, thank you. Here are ways you can help.



Urge Your Senators & Representatives to Oppose President Trump’s Pending Refugee Announcement


Beginning a New Life in America, With Mentors by their Side

The New York Times covers a Congolese refugee family resettled by the IRC in Oakland and their mentor family in Oakland, California.


Welcome Them Home: Support the IRC in Northern California's Housing Subsidy

The International Rescue Committee's housing subsidy is a way to directly support refugee families arriving to Oakland and San Jose as they work towards self-sufficiency. The fund is supported entirely by Bay Area community members, like you. 


Immigrants Will Face Fee Hike for U.S. Citizenship Application Starting Dec. 23

Lawful Permanent Residents encouraged to apply now to avoid fee hike; some will qualify for partial fee waiver.