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


Staff Spotlight: An interview with Farishta Bawar

A snapshot of Farishta's journey from Afghanistan to the United States and becoming an IRC employment specialist


On the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath

An open letter to the community by the executive director of the IRC in Maryland.


IRC teams up with World Central Kitchen to deliver meals to refugees

IRC clients in need of food are receiving meals prepared by World Central Kitchen. For clients with mobility issues, volunteers from Peace City Church are delivering meals directly to their apartments.


‘Human beings need to support each other’: Help refugees affected by COVID-19

When Mohammad and his family fled to the United States, they thought their struggles were in the past. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, Mohammad fears he won’t be able to provide the basic necessities for his family. To support Mohammad and other families affected by COVID-19, the IRC in Silver Spring created Wish Lists on Amazon where individuals can donate items that families requested.


Virtual tutoring program for refugee students amid the coronavirus pandemic

The IRC in Silver Spring's youth program mobilizes to provide virtual support to refugee youth.


Helping immigrants and refugees become U.S. citizens

The IRC in Silver Spring works with local partners and the city government of DC to expand citizenship services to DC residents.


IRC Working Remotely starting Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 the IRC’s office in Silver Spring will be closed to protect the health of clients, partners, staff and the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff will continue to work remotely and will maintain regular remote contact and appointments with the individuals and families we serve.


Volunteer and intern activities suspended while IRC in Silver Spring provides remote services

IRC in Silver Spring suspends volunteer and intern activities but continues regular operations.


IRC in Silver Spring's 2020 Women's Empowerment Program begins

Women are able to improve English and progress towards employment and furthering their education through IRC's Women's Empowerment Program.


IRC suspending volunteer and intern activities until April 3

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the IRC is moving ahead with some changes to our programs and operations in order to help prevent the spread of the illness in our community and to protect the health of our clients, onsite partners, volunteers, and staff.