Here are some ways for you to help welcome refugee families to Washington state.

  • Make and donate a welcome mat.
    Use your creativity and crafting to make a welcome-mat-sized rug out of new or gently used fabric or fibers. Techniques include weaving, crocheting, braiding, hooking, knitting, coiling, tying, shirring, pleating, punching, silk screening or other suitable methods. For ideas and patterns visit our Make page.
  • Order a welcome mat to be donated in your name
    There are two ways to donate rugs in your name. Order one from Ability Weavers, who trains people with special needs to weave, and have it sent to The International Rescue Committee (IRC) to be given to a refugee family settling in Washington state. The second way is to donate directly to the IRC, email your receipt to us, and we will donate one of the lovely rugs on our Gallery page in your name.
  • Donate clean cloth (all cotton or cotton poly blends), torn or cut into strips that are 1.5 inches wide and joined together. Contact Elsa Bouman at for drop off arrangements.
  • Donate your time or other items to one of the many organizations who serve refugees in your state.
    Even though we are initially focusing on Washington State, there are chapter offices of the International Rescue Committee in various places throughout the nation.
That means no matter where you live, you can do something to help welcome refugee families in your area. If you want to make a welcome mat for a local (to you) refugee family, we will try to help you find a way to donate it to a refugee family in your state. 
Explore the How to Help section of the IRC web site to see what other kinds of help you can provide if you want to do more.