VICS Supports Charity in Charlottesville


The Charity for VICS XXV is still being finalized, but for the past four years, VICS has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help refugees in Charlottesville.

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. It commits to stay as long as it is needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic.  In the United States, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees thrive in the country that gave them sanctuary and a new beginning.

From the first moment the IRC hits the ground it works toward lasting solutions. Building local capacity and self-sufficiency — and promoting human rights, participation and accountability — are at the core of all of its innovative programs.

The IRC is consistently awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups and respected publications for its efficient use of financial support and the effectiveness of its work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.

Charity donations for IRC during VICS XXIII will go directly towards supporting refugees in Charlottesville.

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