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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.


Housing Set-up Volunteer

Help our Logistics Specialist prepare for a family to arrive by setting up their apartment.


Views from the intern’s desk: IRC

Living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​particularly​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​capital,​ ​provides​ ​endless​ ​opportunities​ ​to dedicate​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​asylee​ ​community.​ ​Over​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​I​ ​was lucky​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​this​ ​work​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Asylee​ ​Casework​ ​Intern​ ​with​ ​the​ ​International Rescue​ ​Committee​ ​(IRC).​ ​Kind,​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​dedicated​ ​doesn’t​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​the​ ​scratch​ ​the​ ​surface of​ ​the​ ​IRC​ ​staff​ ​in​ ​Silver​ ​Spring.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​privilege​ ​of​ ​witnessing​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​clients’ transition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​and​ ​because​ ​of​ ​this,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​testament​ ​to​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​that caseworkers​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​client.


Building community for refugee youth, one LEGO at a time

On Saturday, September 14, 2017 the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring and Play-Well TEKnologies invited refugee youth, their families and the local community to come together for a day revolving around connection, community, and most importantly, play. Refugee youth and their families built their hometowns and countries out of LEGO bricks, and then the local community was invited to build Washington, DC with them out of 40,000 LEGOs.


Hospitality training in action at the IRC in Silver Spring

Through the Hospitality Link job training program, participants learn widely usable soft skills, explore career paths in hospitality and visit hospitality workers in action. The International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring is one of five IRC offices piloting the program.


A taste of American culture for refugee families

On September 29, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring invited 50 clients, family mentors, and staff to the Nationals baseball game in Washington, DC for an evening of family fun. The game was a great opportunity to build community, eat burgers and fries from Shake Shack, and provide a break from the stress of Back-to-School season.


Eritrean Refugee Rebuilds Her Life in Maryland

​While the plight of war refugees is in the news, and deservedly so, the struggle of refugee families from Eritrea is not often in the headlines.  Located in Northern Africa, Eritrea is led by an oppressive regime, with few rights for its people.  Thousands flee each month in search of survival and a better life. Over the last seven years, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring has resettled hundreds of Eritrean refugees. Because Eritrean refugees are at risk if they are identified, the subject of our story – who we will call “H” – did not want to be named. This is her story.


IRC internships

Are you interested in helping newly arrived refugees resettle in the United States? Come intern at the IRC Silver Spring!


Family Mentor

Work directly with a refugee family or individual to ease their transition to the Washington, DC Metro area and the United States.


Central American minors program volunteer

Help innocent children and families from Central America who have escaped violence and persecution reunite with their family in the U.S.


Becoming an Astronaut: The dream of a refugee youth

A refugee girl's dream to work for NASA.