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Churches Partner to Double Their Impact in Helping Refugee Girls Create a Better Future

Old First Presbyterian Church believes so strongly in a program that is helping refugee girls in Oakland that Old First is matching dollar-for-dollar other congregations’ gifts to support the program.  Churches that participate can double the impact of their gifts.

The Vision Project empowers refugee girls by giving them the skills and support they need to envision their futures in America and redefine what they and their families thought possible for them.  The Vision Project is a program of the International Rescue Committee in Northern California, part of one of the world’s leading refugee aid and resettlement agencies.  Charity Navigator has awarded the IRC eleven consecutive 4-star ratings.  The IRC in Northern California launched the Vision Project for refugee girls in Oakland middle schools and high schools in 2017.

The matching gift offer applies to contributions made by check directly to the IRC and sent to its Oakland office with the Vision Project designated on the memo line:

International Rescue Committee
Attn:  Kristen Borash
440 Grand Avenue, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94610

No money for this in the budget?  Your church can have a cabaret night, bake sale, car wash, benefit concert, or circle or youth group fundraiser.  A special offering can be another approach.  For example, the Presbyterian Church (USA) encourages churches to devote 40% of their Pentecost Offering to the needs of young adults or children at risk.

The IRC will gladly accept gifts of any amount.  Old First will match gifts dollar-for-dollar from $10 up to $1,000 per congregation.  Old First’s total overall amount available for matches is $8,000.  To request a match, send Old First a copy of the IRC’s thank-you letter acknowledging your church’s contribution.  Your match request must be received by October 1, 2018.  For more information or to request a match, please contact Bill Campbell at (415) 599 0206 or .

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