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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.


Free Citizenship Workshop

May 12, 2017

Now is the time to naturalize. Get started at IRC's free citizenship workshop in San Francisco on May 12.


Internship opportunities in Oakland

Summer applications are now closed. Fall internship applications will open on June 1st. Interns work closely with staff to achieve organization goals. We actively recruit for internships in Access and Legal Rights, Development and Outreach, Economic Empowerment, New Roots (Garden Program), Refugee Resettlement and General Office support.


Citizenship and Immigration Services in Northern California

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. 


Cooking for a Cause: Bay Area Kids Learn to Cook & Support Local Refugee Families

Wondering what you can do to support refugees in your area? Take a lesson from this group of kid chefs who gathered their community for a homemade meal that gives back.


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.


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.


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.