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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.


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: Tell Congress To Fight For Refugees

Please stand with us and urge your elected officials to fight for refugees. Take Action Week is June 12th- June 16th!


Internship opportunities in Oakland

Fall internship applications have now opened. The application period closes on July 15th. 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.


Items needed for refugees in Oakland

We can only currently accept gift cards, clipper cards, bikes and lunch donations for cultural orientation class. Please see our FAQ and donate to our need for storage!


World Refugee Day Celebrations in Northern California

World Refugee Day celebrations across Northern California - Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, and Turlock/Modesto


Separated for Decades, Mothers Reunited with their Children

In honor of Mother's Day, we share the story of two mothers reunited with their children after decades apart thanks to the Central American Minors program and the help of the IRC.


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.


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.


Do-It-Yourself Fundraising

Support local refugee resettlement by hosting your own fundraiser