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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.


3 Young Refugees Have a Powerful Support System: Each Other

Three girls from Myanmar - who share a name, a school, and a new home outside Seattle - are learning to rock climb as they adjust to life in their new country. Read about their stories and the IRC in Seattle’s efforts supporting newcomer youth in this inspiring New York Times article.


Climb for Refugees

Come support the IRC’s first climb-a-thon on September 8! Enjoy food trucks, free drinks, raffles, music, games, and more while climbers raise funds to help refugee and immigrant youth thrive in their new communities.


New partnership with City Fruit

Calling all fruit tree owners in South King County! You can support the IRC's exciting new partnership with City Fruit by registering your trees and sharing part of your fruit harvest with refugee families in our community.


Supporter Spotlight: Qais, Administrative Volunteer

“Having empathy for others and putting it into action is how you build a strong community." Qais - a newcomer himself from Afghanistan - on why he volunteers every week to welcome refugees and immigrants to our community.


Photos: Senior Sports Day 2018

The IRC's senior empowerment program hosted the first annual sports day at Sunset Park in SeaTac. Thank you to our partners at ACRS, Bhutanese Community Resource Center, and ECOSS for making this intergenerational day of fun possible!


Photos: Celebrating World Refugee Day

Hundreds gathered for the 13th Annual ARTvocacy event - an art exhibit and naturalization ceremony honoring World Refugee Day.


The meaning of citizenship

Refugees are often denied citizenship and basic rights in their home countries. Participants at a recent IRC naturalization workshop share what becoming a U.S. citizen means to them.


Supporter Spotlight: Allie, Youth Program Intern

"I have often heard the phrase 'children are the future,' but I never fully understood the sentiment until now." Allie shares her experience serving as an intern with the IRC in Seattle's youth program.


Photos: Refugee seniors visit the Tulip Festival

The IRC’s senior empowerment program helps older refugees make friends, learn new skills, and explore the community through activities and field trips. See photos from a recent excursion to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – a quintessential PNW springtime activity.


In the news: Climbing to a better life

Outside Magazine features an innovative program from the IRC and Vertical Generation that is helping refugee youth learn skills and gain confidence to climb walls - both in and outside the climbing gym.