One of our highlights from 2017 was the establishment of a brand-new community garden for refugee, immigrant, and low-income families living in the West Hill neighborhood of Kent. These photos show the evolution of the garden project, from planning to harvest. The community garden is supported by the IRC's New Roots Program, Forterra NW, Global to Local and St. Columba's Episcopal Church - Kent, Washington, and funded by King Conservation District. The garden currently has 35 plots, as well as 15 fruit trees donated by The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. The project has been a beautiful example of collaboration and community-building! Photos: Hannah Letinich/Forterra
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We're having a fantastic first week at IRC #SummerCamp! Teen volunteers from URJ Mitzvah Corps have joined us from all over the U.S. to create a fun and welcoming environment for refugee youth. Summer Camp teaches skills related to making friends, building self-esteem, and how to ask for help from adults. We're also having a TON of FUN!

The IRC’s senior empowerment program helps older refugees make friends, learn new skills, and explore the community through activities and field trips. A group of 100 seniors from the Bhutanese community recently went on an excursion to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – a quintessential PNW springtime activity.

Photos courtesy of IRC Volunteer, Gillian Peckham.


In honor of World Refugee Day, artists from local refugee communities share their work and their stories to raise awareness of global refugee issues and to highlight the creative contributions of refugees here in Washington. ARTvocacy is a family-friendly celebration with art, music, and refreshments. In conjunction with ARTvocacy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens.

Can't make it to ARTvocacy? A portion of the exhibit will be on display for the entire month of June at A/NT Gallery in Seattle Center.

Additional support for ARTvocacy from: A/NT Gallery, La Marzocco, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Wed 6:00 PM PDTLa Marzocco CafeSeattle, WA
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Join us TONIGHT at Peddler Brewing Company for a screening of Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab.


Join our team! The IRC in Seattle is hiring a full-time Family Reunification Specialist.

The IRC in Seattle is hiring a full-time Family Reunification Specialist.

Are you listening to Displaced? This new weekly podcast from the IRC and Vox Media, Inc examines the impact of humanitarian crises on people’s lives and livelihoods, and the means by which we can act to provide meaningful aid.

A weekly podcast exploring the world’s worst crises and how to stop them, with leading humanitarians, policy makers and innovators.

Join us for a free screening of Warehoused this Thursday evening at Peddler Brewing Company!


Happy Mother’s Day! Meet Taghreed and Yousif - an incredible mother and son resettled by the IRC in Seattle who share a special passion for baking. #RefugeesWelcome

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#FlashbackFriday to the IRC's spring break program with Auburn School District #408. Newcomer students from Lea Hill Elementary spent a week learning about plants and animals!

Throughout the week, Seattle Theatre Group helped students learn performances to songs from the Lion King and Jungle Book. Our new friends at Nature Vision taught students about amphibians. Students learned the life cycles of frogs, practiced their frog jumps, and met two real-life salamanders! To wrap up the week, through generous donations from individual IRC supporters, students took a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo to see more animals up close!

Thank you to all of our partners and supporters who helped make this fun week of learning possible.

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We are fortunate to work in such a giving community. To all who contributed to important causes yesterday: THANK YOU!

#StandWithRefugees #GIVEBIG2018

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Thank you Starbucks for hosting an engaging speed networking event for newcomers! Refugee and immigrant job seekers participated in mock interviews, elevator pitch practice, and other job readiness activities with Starbucks partners.

Participants also had a surprise meet-and-greet with Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery!


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Congratulations to IRC supporter Kate B. of Sammamish, WA! By pledging her #GIVEBIG donation early, Kate has won an autographed jersey from Seattle Sounders FC's Jordy Delem. Thank you, Kate, and all other community members giving BIG to support refugees and immigrants today.

There are still chances to win big on GIVEBIG - 10 supporters who give $50+ will win a pair of tickets to an upcoming Sounders match.

Donate at:

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Today's the day! #GIVEBIG to support refugee and immigrant families rebuilding their lives in our community. Thanks to Seattle Sounders FC's Jordy Delem, ten supporters who give $50+ will be selected to win a pair of Sounders tickets for the May 26 match!


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“The thing about our immigrant and refugee students is that they have this innate hopefulness. They have gone through very, very difficult experiences, but they see coming to the United States as an opportunity. They feel that they can have dreams, and that they can potentially achieve those dreams. It’s really quite beautiful, actually, because no matter what — no matter what they experience — they still have this hope, this resilience.”

National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, of Spokane, WA, shares her experience working with refugee and immigrant youth.

Today on National Teacher Appreciation Day, we thank all of the educators welcoming and supporting newcomer youth in their communities! #StandWithRefugees

"We can all learn so much from them,” said Mandy Manning.

IRC founder Albert Einstein says GIVEBIG to support refugee families in our community AND for a chance to win Seattle Sounders FC match tickets!

Donate now through May 9th here:…

10 supporters who give $50 or more will be selected to win a pair of tickets to the May 26 match versus Real Salt Lake.

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It’s #SoundersMatchday! Are you headed to the match today? Stop by the IRC booth in the north plaza as you’re entering the stadium and say hello! And consider voting IRC for the $2,500 GIVEBIG Dollars for Change award.

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IRC founder Albert Einstein joined us at the climbing gym this week where refugee youth are building confidence, new skills, and friendships through rock climbing!

ICYMI - Check out the recent article from Outside Magazine on this awesome new program from IRC and Vertical Generation:

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