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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.


Community Sponsorship: Partner with IRC to Welcome Refugees in the Bay Area

Community Sponsorship offers an exciting opportunity for a group of community members to support resettlement efforts and to engage in deeply impactful work with one of our family cases. Following the higher volume of arrivals experienced recently and an increase in community attention toward assisting refugees, the IRC in Oakland is seeking volunteer groups who are interested in becoming Co-Sponsors.


AmeriCorps Economic Mobility Financial Coach - Volunteer Position with Stipend

This is an AmeriCorps position sponsored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, with the term lasting 1 year. Compensation and benefits are paid and provided by LISC, and include:

· Full time member will serve 1700 hours & term of 12 months

· $20,000 stipend payable in 24 equal installments over a 12-month period directly by LISC

· Eligibility for a 100% premium paid Bronze level health care benefit and/or a child care benefit if the member is the primary care giver of a child aged 13 and under

· $6,345 education award to return to school or pay off existing student loan debt upon successful program completion

· CDFI 101 and Credit as an Asset Certificate, as well as training in Financial Coaching during the program


Immigration Intern or Volunteer in Oakland

Volunteers work with Immigration Program Caseworkers to directly assist clients with the processing and filing of applications for citizenship, lawful permanent residence, family reunification, and other immigration petitions necessary to receive legal residency in the United States and reunite family members. This position reports to the Immigration Coordinator and requires a minimum 8 hr/week commitment. Preference will be given to those who can commit a minimum of 15 hrs/week or more.


2022 Volunteer Opportunities

We are accepting volunteer applications on an ongoing basis. Email [email protected] to learn more about open opportunities. Some examples of current volunteer needs are: Social Media, Community Engagement, Outreach, Housing setup for newly arrived refugees, Donation coordination, Resettlement, Health & Wellness, Anti-Trafficking, Economic Empowerment, Immigration.


IRC Northern California's Emergency Response Fund for new Afghan arrivals

IRC Northern California is opening up the Soft Landing Fund to directly support refugee families who have fled Afghanistan, and are resettling in the Northern California region. Funds will be available for families and individuals who are rebuilding their lives in our community.


Update! Watch the October 7th webinar recording on IRC's Afghan Emergency Response in the US

Update! Watch the October 7th webinar recording on IRC's Afghan Emergency Response in the US


Support refugees in NorCal during World Refugee Awareness Month

As the IRC in Northern California observes World Refugee Day on June 20, we are inspired by the resilience and creativity of survivors of conflict and persecution who are making a new home in the U.S. It's a time to remember the 79.5 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes while also celebrating the accomplishments of those who are starting their lives anew.

Here are ways that you can get involved!


Fighting hunger among newcomers in the United States

High rates of unemployment and Covid-19 infection among New American community members has contributed heavily to lack of stable access to adequate amounts of nutritious food . Refugees and immigrants have been some of the hardest hit populations in the country, disproportionately experiencing food and nutritional insecurity due to their high rates of employment in “gig economy” and other job sectors like food, hotel, and health which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Help new American communities combat hunger with a gift to IRC's food security programs in the U.S.


Ways YOU can Support the IRC in Oakland

Thank you for your interest in supporting the IRC in Oakland! Community support is key to helping newly arrived refugees thrive, and we welcome your help. Keep reading to learn about the different ways YOU can support newly arrived refugees and immigrants in our community.


Meet the RAI Scholarship recipient in Oakland!

Earlier this year RAI-US launched the Pathways to Careers in Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration Scholarship Opportunity, as a new resource to diversify and enhance the talent pipeline, specifically targeting RAI-US internships. The scholarship’s main objective is to promote career paths in humanitarian work for BIPOC and/or immigrant populations and further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive internship experience. After receiving 35 applications from RAI-US interns, 8 interns have been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship. One of those eight was chosen from the IRC in Oakland. Oakland is excited to introduce this year’s scholarship recipient: Gianna D’Arrigo!