What is WIROC? Washington Interfaith Response and Outreach Coalition (WIROC) is a grassroots project of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC). WIROC initiates public demonstrations of solidarity by and for individuals and communities throughout the region proactively and in response to threats and attacks.

What region does WIROC serve? We have representatives from the following areas in the DC metro area: Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD, Prince George’s County, MD Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County in Virginia.

What do you mean by “Response and Outreach?” Our region-wide rapid response team will respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals. We also sponsor and support pro-active outreach opportunities throughout the year including community-building activities such as Unity Walks and interfaith dialogues.

How is the WIROC rapid response effort different from other rapid response (RR) initiatives in the DC metro area? WIROC is a regional and multifaith network (including 11 diverse faith traditions). WIROC is both rapid-response and prevention-oriented, offering concrete ways to respond to incidents as well as opportunities to better learn how to prevent these incidents from occurring. WIROC is not seeking to duplicate other existing rapid response efforts in the area, but rather to effectively collaborate with  groups doing similar work.

How are Solidarity Congregations different from Sanctuary Congregations? WIROC is not an advocacy initiative. We offer the personal support of individuals who will respond to the needs of a community or individual who has been targeted.  In addition, WIROC collaborates with other regional interfaith organizations for pro-active positive civic engagement. The Sanctuary Congregation movement, while using some of the same tools as WIROC, focuses primarily on advocacy and direct material support to protect undocumented communities and individuals.

How can I get involved? There are multiple ways to be involved: As a congregation or an individual, you can join our Solidarity Congregation or Solidarity Neighbor network. As a university campus organization or college student, you can join our Solidarity Campus Organization or Campus Solidarity Ally network. The descriptions of each are listed below:

Solidarity Congregations:
Agree to be part of an IFC database of congregations around the DC metro area that would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the DC metro area. We encourage an annual contribution of $250-$500, and ask that you to appoint an individual from your congregation to be the WIROC point of contact. When you join our Solidarity Congregation network, you will be acknowledged on our website. You will also receive Solidarity Congregation signage which we are asking you to publicly display at your house of worship.

Solidarity Neighbors:
Agree to be part of an IFC database of individuals around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals throughout the region. We are asking for a suggested donation of $15 for students, seniors, and people with limited income and $30 for adults.

We also ask that you publically display your role as an IFC Solidarity Neighbor with signage that we will have available for you.

Solidarity Campus Organization:
Agree to be part of an IFC database of campus groups around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals at universities and colleges throughout the region. We also ask that you to appoint an individual from your organization to be the WIROC point of contact.

When you join our Campus Solidarity Organization network, you will be acknowledged on our website. We also ask that you publically display your role as a Campus Solidarity Organization with Solidarity Campus Organization signage that we will have available for you.

Campus Solidarity Allies:
Agree to be part of an IFC database of college students around the DC metro area who would respond in person to acts of targeted vandalism, hateful speech, and other types of emotional and physical attacks on faith communities and individuals at universities and colleges throughout the region.

We also ask that you publically display your role as a Campus Solidarity Ally with a bumper sticker that we will have available for you.

Why are you asking for financial support? Your donation funds an IFC staff member to support the  WIROC initiative moving forward.

If you would like to join the WIROC network, please fill out this form.

If you would like to report an incident to the WIROC network, please click here.