Hello friends & family, 9/2 is my 30th birthday (gasp!), and I want to do something different this year. Instead of throwing a party, having people out to the bar, receiving gifts, etc., I would love if people could help support the International Rescue Committee (see their mission statement and links about the IRC below).
This $500 would be my donation to the organization so that I can serve as a "family mentor" to a family of recently resettled refugees. This means that I would spend a couple of hours every week (for at least 6 months) serving as an advocate, ally, and guide to a refugee family - I would be there to help them with all kinds of different tasks and challenges (that we often take for granted as US citizens), such as: going grocery shopping, learning to use an ATM, learning to drive and get a license, help learning English, help navigating cultural barriers, etc. The $500 donation would help pay for the cost of interpreters, ESL materials and training for me, and to help find resources and organizations that support any other specific needs.
So, instead of buying me a drink this year, send $5 (the cost of a beer in MN) or $10 (the cost of a beer in DC) towards this. Thanks everyone! :)
"The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities."
It is always important to do your research when giving, so here is some information about the IRC...
It gets really high marks as a charity: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3898
It has also had write-ups in several news outlets and been recommended as a place to send your money if you want to support refugees: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/your-money/refugee-organizations-support.html?ref=topics
And here’s an article about a Congolese family that was helped by the Oakland IRC: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/nyregion/neediest-fund-cases-uganda-family.html?ref=topics