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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.


Happy Valentine's Day

Participants in the IRC's Senior Empowerment Program made valentines for loved ones using dried botanicals. Check out photos from this fun activity!


Volunteers share their hopes for 2018

Two of our outstanding administrative volunteers share their hopes for the new year and why they devote time every week to help make refugees welcome in Washington.


Supporter spotlight: Elsa, Youth Academic Tutor

Elsa - an 11th grader from Bellevue - shares why she volunteers every week helping refugee students and why she hopes other young people will follow her lead.


Photos: Winter Welcome Festival 2017

On January 6th, more than 100 refugee families who arrived in Washington this past year received a warm welcome to our community! Hundreds of community members joined us for the Winter Welcome Festival, where we celebrated the new year together with food, games, gifts, and lots of fun!


20 years of service

Borka Paponjak, the IRC in Seattle's resettlement and immigration program manager, recently celebrated 20 years of service with the IRC! During these years, she has welcomed and assisted thousands of refugees in the Seattle area.


Shopping for a cause

Shop for holiday gifts and support the IRC in Seattle at the same time using the promo code "IRC" on SpreadLove2017.com


Career Connect

Many newcomers arrive in the U.S. with a wealth of professional skills and experience, but starting one’s career over again in a new country can be an overwhelming process. Career Connect is a new IRC program helping refugees take steps toward re-entering professions they were forced to leave behind.


Photo Essay: Harvest at Namaste Community Garden

Refugee gardeners welcome community members to their harvest celebration to usher in the autumn season.


Becoming U.S. Citizens

With the help of volunteers from AirBnB, 46 community members applied for U.S. Citizenship at a recent IRC Citizenship Workshop.


Climbing high with Vertical Generation

IRC youth program participants got a taste of the PNW outdoors on a rock climbing field trip with Vertical Generation.