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News from Seattle, WA

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


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Check out the latest employment opportunities at the IRC in Seattle.


Back-to-school supply & backpack drive

Help newcomer youth get ready to start their school year by building and sharing back-to-school learning kits! The IRC is seeking learning kits for elementary and secondary school students, to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed as they return to school this fall. 


Helping newcomers navigate the digital world

A cohort of digital tutors have joined to help bridge the digital divide that faces newcomers.


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.


Why we welcome: Volunteers share their stories

Community members are vital to welcoming newcomers to Washington - so we asked a handful of volunteers why building a welcoming community is important to them.


Celebrating World Refugee Day

June 20th is World Refugee Day - a time to celebrate refugee communities in Washington state, a time to raise awareness of the challenges facing refugee communities locally and globally, and a time to take action in support of our refugee neighbors. Get started today!


Save the date June 22 for Ready to Welcome: States Lay the Foundation

Join the IRC on June 22 for a virtual World Refugee Day Legislative Summit hosted by the International Rescue Committee in partnership with the Refugee Advocacy Lab.


Visit the Tukwila Village Farmers Market

Visit the Tukwila Village Farmers Market and purchase fresh, organic produce grown by gardeners from refugee and immigrant communities. The market is open from 4-7pm on Wednesday afternoons from June 23rd to October 13th.


IRC Move-a-Thon 2021

Join the fun! The IRC in Seattle's Move-a-Thon encourages folks to get outside, while raising awareness & funds for newcomers and survivors of trafficking in our community. Learn more & sign up today!


National Volunteer Week 2021

Volunteers, interns, and community members contribute year round to creating a welcoming Washington state. This week - we want to express our appreciation for everything they do!