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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, CA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


Refugee Youth Scholarship: Abdulfatah's Story

“When I was in Ethiopia, I couldn’t imagine a future for myself. Then we came here." Each year, the IRC in San Diego awards scholarships like Abdulfatah to refugee youth entering their first year of college or university.


A Taste of the IRC

September 5, 2019

Join over 250 generous individuals, supportive businesses and like-minded organizations to enjoy international cuisine catered by local refugee-owned restaurants while raising critical funds to support families rebuilding their lives in San Diego


International Documentary Film Series

Join us for our 11th annual International Documentary Film Series. Each screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with an expert on the film’s subject area.


Teacher and Afghan refugee shares her story at this year’s #IRCFilmSeries

Join us on May 1st for a special screening of Angels Are Made of Light, a documentary following school-aged children in Kabul, Afghanistan, with guest speaker and IRC client, Farahnaz Anwari, who taught in Afghan conflict zones for nearly 20 years.


Asylum-Seekers Support Volunteer

Are you fluent in Spanish and looking to help asylum-seekers? Become an Asylum-Seekers Support Volunteer!


Civic Engagement Assistant

Are you interested in helping El Cajon residents learn how to improve their local communities? Become a Civic Engagement Assistant!


Tax program offers free filing assistance for San Diegans

Each spring, the IRC in San Diego provides free tax preparation as part of the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. In 2018, the program filed over 3,450 returns and generated $5.5 million in refunds for low-income San Diego families. This tremendous impact would not be possible without the hard work of our incredible volunteers, who work as IRS-certified tax preparers from mid-January through April.


Refugee youth learn job skills at North Park urban farm

Youth FarmWorks, a job training urban farm, provides refugee, immigrant, and at-risk youth from City Heights with job readiness skills and offers the community fresh local produce.


Webinar: Addressing the future of refugee resettlement in the US

March 7, 2019

Join this webinar briefing with the International Rescue Committee to learn about the current and future status of refugee resettlement in the US and hear about some of our special program to help refugees rebuild their lives. Resettlement is an important part of IRC’s work with refugees. Learn about the comprehensive services the IRC provides within the first months of a refugee’s arrival in the United States as well as the current state of refugee resettlement in the US.


FarmWorks Volunteer Work Days

This is a monthly volunteer opportunity within the Food and Farming Department at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego.