Botanica Mobile Clinic has begun partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and now facilitates wild plant and herb walks at their various gardens in and around Charlottesville. Along with an interpreter, our volunteers introduce IRC community members, many of them gardeners, to less cultivated plants living within their gardens as well as throughout the surrounding landscape. Both Botanica Mobile Clinic members and IRC community members exchange herbal wisdom as well as culinary wisdom on these walks and we look forward to continue to nurture this relationship and build community.
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Charlottesville and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.