News from Wichita, KS
Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Wichita, KS, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.
Kansas Refugee Economic Empowerment Program Trains AmeriCorps VISTA members to build capacity of IRC office to provide better economic opportunities for refugees resettling in Wichita.
The IRC in Kansas is launching into it's third year of the Kansas Refugee Economic Empowerment Program. The program aims to place VISTA members throughout Wichita and southwest Kansas communities to build capacity through new program development and community relations.
IRC advocacy team reaches out to community
In October, 2017, the IRC Kansas initiated it's outreach and education activities aimed at building support of continued refugee resettlement to educate, strengthen community support and enlist support from elected officials at all levels.
Harvester Arts to support IRC through December Final Friday Event
On December 29th, Harvester Arts will be displaying art created by a local artist that will embody the mission of the IRC. The art will be officially dedicated and unveiled on the December 29th Final Friday Events.
Local Starbucks Locations to host Giving Wreath Gift Drive for IRC clients
Community members are invited to pick a gift tag from one of the IRC's Giving Wreaths at any local Starbucks location in Wichita or Derby. Items will be given to refugees who have been resettled in Wichita or for those who may arrive in 2018.
Donations Needed: Winter Coats and Blankets for Refugees
The IRC is currently accepting new and gently used donations of winter coats and blankets.
IRC to host upcoming Brown-Bag Luncheons
The Wichita Community is invited to attend one of the IRC's upcoming Brown-bag lunches. These events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required to attend.
IRC to partner with 15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
For the second year in a row the IRC will partner with the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their adaptation to life in the United States. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.
Communicating effectively in English is the most important skill a newly arrived refugee could obtain. ESL mentors work with families tutoring them in English and teaching them about other aspects of American (and Wichitan!) culture.
Front Desk/Intake Coordinator Volunteer
The Front Desk/Intake Volunteer serves as the 1st point of contact for clients and visitors of the IRC. Volunteers will learn to thrive in a multicultural environment by working and communicating with speakers of different languages.