Right now, around the U.S., people are staying home to stay safe and save lives. But how can you stay home if home isn’t an option? Over 70 million refugees and displaced people face tremendous risk every day due to their lack of a safe home, especially during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how we can stay home and still come together to make a difference.
Every year on June 20, communities all around the globe recognize World Refugee Day, raising awareness for the millions of refugees and internally displaced people. This World Refugee Day, join the IRC in Charlottesville and Richmond for a week-long show of solidarity with refugees worldwide. Spend one night between June 14 and June 20 camping out in your backyard (or your living room). Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #irccampout, tag the IRC in Charlottesville (@IRCCharlottesville) or the IRC in Richmond (@IRCRichmond), and invite your friends to participate as well. Donate to the IRC in Charlottesville and Richmond, or set up a family fundraiser by clicking the "join" button and encourage others to sponsor your camp out.
Funds raised through the camp out support ongoing programs which help refugees here in Virginia to achieve economic self-sufficiency and social integration in the community.
Here’s how your gift can support local families:
$25 – Personal hygiene products, household cleaning supplies or diapers for refugee families which cannot be purchased using SNAP benefits
$50 – New Roots garden plot for a refugee family for the growing season
$100 – Prescription glasses for a refugee adult which are not covered by Medicaid
$250 – Personal computer for a refugee family to help continue distance learning and English instruction, and to stay connected to friends and family
$500 – Assistance with the naturalization process for one adult seeking US citizenship
$1000 – Emergency rental assistance for a refugee family facing economic uncertainty due to the impacts of COVID-19
We encourage families to use this opportunity to learn more about refugees and the current crisis. Click the "Resources" button above to access book lists for all ages, links to videos and podcasts, and printable signs for your camp out photo.
Please note: These values are representative of real needs. However, your much-appreciated donation is not guaranteed to directly fund these specific items. The majority of locally-raised funds, including those raised for this event, cover emergency rental assistance and medical expenses not covered by Medicaid, such as hearing aids and prescription glasses.