June 05, 2013
The International Rescue Committee is celebrating its 15 years in the community tonight at their offices at Old Metropolitan Hall in Charlottesville.
Over the past decade and a half, the IRC has helped settle 2,500 refugees from 30 countries in central Virginia. They help by meeting them at the airport, finding housing and jobs, and enrolling them in English classes.
The money raised at Wednesday's event will support the IRC's efforts to help Charlottesville connect with the global community.
"I think we're connecting with what's happening in the larger world and Charlottesville wants to do that," says Harriet Kuhr, the executive director of the IRC's Charlottesville office. "I think it's one of the great mark of our town, you know, that people do see themselves as part of the larger global whole and not just what's happening here in our city."