The news coming out of Afghanistan is heartbreaking. But thanks to organizations like International Rescue Committee (IRC), there is hope. IRC provides vital support to Afghans who have endured four decades of violent conflict, as well as natural disasters and the spread of COVID-19. They are also helping Afghan refugees and Afghans who supported the US mission in their country.
The IRC works alongside communities and partners to support Afghans living in Southern California and to ensure a warm welcome for those arriving in the coming weeks. The IRC has resettled more than 16,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients since Congress established the program in 2006, and IRS is committed to ensuring that these families are given a chance to seek safety and rebuild their lives here in the United States. In recent months, the IRC in Los Angeles has welcomed more than 90 Afghan newcomers, with more on the way, and many families are arriving in our community on very short notice.
Our practice here at UUSM is to dedicate half of our non-pledge Sunday offerings to organizations doing work in the world that advances our Unitarian Universalist principles; the other 50% of the offering is used to support the life of our church.
UUSM’s Generous Congregation supports our church community. And together, we uplift the reach and impact of vital organizations doing work we could not do on our own. This month, half of our Sunday offerings will go to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Your donations will help the IRC continue to assist people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by humanitarian crises.
Please consider supporting the mission of our church, and the International Rescue Committee. To give right now, text “$10 GCC” to 844-982-0209. (One-time-only credit card registration required.)