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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.


Three ways to stand for welcome

This World Refugee Day–and every day–let’s ensure we fight for refugees, learn from them, and do everything in our power to keep our country’s doors open to those in need of safety and protection. Here are three ways to take action locally in honor World Refugee Day.


Welcome Home Fund

Part of being a welcoming community means ensuring our newest neighbors have stable, safe, and healthy housing. By contributing to the IRC in Seattle's Welcome Home Fund, you can help refugees and survivors of human trafficking maintain housing as they rebuild their lives in Washington State. Donate or start your own fundraiser today!


ARTvocacy: A World Refugee Day Celebration

Join us for ARTvocacy on June 20, 2019 at La Marzocco Cafe for a free, family-friendly celebration of World Refugee Day with art, music, and food.


Call for artists: ARTvocacy 2019

The IRC is seeking submissions by artists from refugee communities for our annual World Refugee Day event "ARTvocacy" on June 20, 2019.


GiveBIG on May 8th

Wednesday, May 8th is GiveBIG - a community-wide day of giving to local causes. This year, the IRC has been selected as the nonprofit of choice of Nouhou Tolo of the Seattle Sounders! Learn more about GiveBIG and how you can win a pair of tickets to the May 15th Sounders match versus Orlando City SC.


NVW Spotlight: Kale, Financial Literacy Coach

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re highlighting the IRC in Seattle’s amazing volunteers and the important services they provide. Today Kale is in the spotlight - a financial literacy coach since December of last year.


NVW Spotlight: Job readiness class volunteers

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re highlighting the IRC’s amazing volunteers and the important services they provide. Up today is our fantastic team of job readiness volunteers!


2019 Summer Internships

The IRC in Seattle is recruiting for several summer internship opportunities. Learn more about available positions and how to apply!


Supporter Spotlight: Kathy, Family Reunification Volunteer

Kathy has dedicated nearly five years making refugees welcome in Washington. Twice a week, she can be found volunteering at the IRC to help community members reunite with their loved ones. Her advice for anyone thinking about volunteering: “Do it! And when you do, be a sponge. We can never know what’s waiting for us to learn, or the impact we’ll have on someone’s life, until we try.”


Register today: Citizenship classes at Tukwila Library

Get help studying for the naturalization exam! In our upcoming spring classes starting in early April, you'll learn about U.S. history and civics, and have the opportunity to practice your English language skills. This class is free and open to anyone who wishes to apply for U.S. citizenship. Both daytime and evening classes available.