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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.


2019 Year in Review

Take a look back at some of the highlights of our work from this past year, made possible by your incredible support. Thank you for standing with refugee & immigrant communities!


New Roots, New Opportunities

The IRC's New Roots program has been helping newcomers access land and grow healthy food for their families for years. Now we're helping gardeners bring their produce to the wider community. IRC gardener Krishna, once a farmer in Bhutan, shares about his experiences as a first-time seller at the new Tukwila Farmer's Market.


Winter Welcome Festival

Join us at Winter Welcome Festival on Saturday, January 11th where we’ll distribute gifts to newcomer families and celebrate the new year together with games, food, and lots of fun!


Advocacy on Tap

Join us for “Advocacy on Tap” happy hour on Dec 5th at Optimism Brewing Company.


Sign up for Winter Welcome 2019

Winter Welcome is an opportunity to warmly welcome refugees and immigrants to our community by providing gifts to kids & families and celebrating together at IRC's annual Winter Welcome Festival. Learn how to become a Winter Welcome Sponsor and find details about Winter Welcome Festival.


Thank you, Medical Teams International

Thank you Medical Teams International for providing free dental services for participants in the IRC's anti-trafficking program! Learn more about the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) and opportunities to support survivors.


IRC teams up with Amazon affinity groups

We love taking our programs out into the community! This month, [email protected] and Amazon's Black Employee Network (BEN) hosted a networking workshop with the IRC's economic empowerment program. Learn more about the workshop and how your own company or organization can team up with IRC to support the career goals of newcomers.


Thank you for Rebuilding Lives

Thank you to all of the community members who joined us for the 11th Annual Rebuilding Lives Dinner. Your generous support and spirit are appreciated by all of us at the IRC. Together we will continue to make refugees and immigrants welcome in Washington State. Check out photos and a recap from a truly inspiring night.


Supporter Spotlight: Gillian, Admin Volunteer & Photographer

For two and a half years, Gillian has shared her time and talents with the IRC in Seattle as both an administrative volunteer and pro bono photographer. We’re honored to announce that Gillian is the 2019 recipient of the Einstein Award for Service!


Thank you for supporting newcomer youth!

We put the call out for backpacks and school supplies and you delivered! We've received 200 backpacks, tons of school supplies, and healthy snacks for refugee and immigrant students heading back to school. Thank you to all community members and organizations who contributed!