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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.


High School Tutor

IRC San Diego runs several youth programs, including after school tutoring for high school students. One-on-one and small group tutoring from volunteers helps prepare students for success in school. Tutors will meet with high school students located in San Diego, CA via Zoom breakout rooms to work through school assignments and provide strategies for students to develop their skills. Tutoring for fall 2021 semester will begin remotely, via Zoom, and may shift back to in-person services when safe to do so.


Four ways to help our Afghan neighbors in San Diego today

Conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 have all contributed to the rapidly growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Learn what you can do to help Afghans in need.


Refugee Client Services Intern

The Refugee Client Services intern will be instrumental in helping newly arrived refugees, and other refugees who are facing significant barriers to connect to appropriate services in San Diego. The intern will support both Caseworkers and refugee clients directly.


Meet Abdul

After a multi-year journey from his home country, with support and guidance from the IRC and IOM, Adbul, his wife, and two sons have finally settled in San Diego.


Youth Programs Engagement Internship

As an intern, the work will be focused on fostering a welcoming multi-cultural environment, and providing support to prepare, implement, and document after school programming, family events, and financial/educational workshops. The intern will be responsible for assisting with the youth department’s fall programs. The intern will be responsible for assisting in outreach, implementation, and administration of fall programming involving, but not limiting to, Family Events, Girls Academy, Peacemakers, Newcomer Leadership Council, and Academic Support. Interns will learn how to facilitation programming in a trauma informed, culturally responsive manner; and learn how to cultivate an equitable, antiracist environment.


How to Help Refugees in San Diego

With a renewed humanitarian focus on immigration policies under the new presidential administration, more families will be able to find safety in America. Learn about the many ways you can help refugees in San Diego.


June highlights: International Marketplace and more!

In partnership with the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, the IRC Small Business Development Center is proud to present our first International Marketplace, a hub of refugee and immigrant-owned businesses to give you the perfect place to #shopsmall, #shoplocal, and #celebrateimmigrants.


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.


How to help families through in-kind donations

Help provide a warmer welcome by sending much-needed items to refugee families.


Spring highlights: Refugee youth scholarship and more!

Our impact: From supporting refugee youth in their next step of their academic careers to continuing to provide life-changing case management support to asylum-seeking families, the IRC in San Diego is pleased to share a brief look into what we have accomplished this Spring.