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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.


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.


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.


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.


Bay Area Group Uses Crowdrise to Make #RefugeesWelcome for the Holidays

The IRC in Northern California is excited to share our new Crowdrise page, which will allow community members to better fundraise for local resettlement.


GenR, a Call to Action in Support of Refugees

New GenR member Jenny Ma writes about how she got involved and her first Food Stories: From Burma to the Bay event.


Food Stories: From Burma to the Bay

October 24, 2016

The IRC in Northern California's annual fundraiser hosted by GenR's Bay Area chapter


My Experience in Cote d’Ivoire with the IRC

GenR: Bay Area Member, Heena Patel, reflects on her visit to the IRC's programs in Cote d'Ivoire as part of the Second Annual GenR Trip to the Field


The Power of Sewing

Local business Janey Appleseed is hiring refugee women to sew children's dresses and quilts