News from Silver Spring, MD
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.
A friendship transcending linguistic and cultural differences
When Molly and Jeff decided to sign their family up to volunteer with the IRC in Silver Spring’s Family Mentor Program, they had no idea that it would fundamentally change the way they see the world.
In Memory of Tun Than: A life lived in the service of others
In Memory of Tun Than: Senior Caseworker for the IRC in Baltimore
Refugee Welcome Home Project Volunteer
Lead an effort to fully furnish and set-up a home for a refugee family arriving to Maryland.
Refugee youth learn the importance of civic engagement
In February, refugee youth in the IRC in Silver Spring’s After-School Program learned the meaning and importance of civic engagement by participating in their first ever community service project at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, MD. Youth toured the organization’s facilities, learned about the services it provides and people it serves, and then spent the morning helping with different projects, such as sorting books, folding clothes and moving furniture.
Stop and Shop Volunteer
Help manage and run a small "store" where refugees can get essential items for free!
Webinar: Addressing mental health and wellness for refugees in the US
Join this webinar briefing to gain insight into the experiences of refugees resettling to the United States and the impact on their mental and emotional health. Guests will hear from IRC staff who are creating unique wellness programs to help refugees flourish in their new country.
TAKE ACTION: STAND WITH THE BANNED
Call your members of congress today. The United States' refugee family reunification program is shut down, separating families like Ali's. As we mark the one year anniversary of the first refugee ban, ask your Member of Congress to fight for refugees.
IRC in Silver Spring Combats Human Trafficking in Maryland
In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, the IRC in Silver Spring sat down with Winifrida Kassembe, Anti-Trafficking Caseworker, to interview her about the office’s efforts to combat human trafficking in Maryland. The focus of the Anti-Trafficking Program is to ensure that survivors have access to protection and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through comprehensive case management, advocacy, education, collaboration, and capacity building.
The IRC in Maryland Partners with Whole Foods Market
The IRC in Maryland and Whole Foods Market introduce their partnership through a Community Giving Day where 5% of Whole Foods Market's total sales will be donated to the IRC.
Joining together to give thanks at the IRC in Silver Spring
On December 3, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring brought together over 50 clients, volunteers, and staff for a Thanksgiving meal and afternoon of festivities. Sampling traditional American fare such as roasted turkey and cranberry sauce alongside delicacies like homemade dolmas and Syrian pastries, refugee families and IRC volunteers and staff had an opportunity to share their cultural traditions with each other and express the things that they are thankful for in their lives.