What is WIROC? Washington Interfaith Response and Outreach Coalition (WIROC) is a grassroots initiative of the InterFaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFC). It initiates public demonstrations of solidarity by and for individuals and communities throughout the region proactively as well as in response to religiously motivated threats and attacks. If you would like to report an incident, please click here.

What region does WIROC serve? We work throughout the DC metro area including, but not limited to: Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD, Prince George’s County, MD Fairfax County, VA, Loudoun County, VA and Prince William County, VA.

What do you mean by “Response and Outreach?” Our region-wide 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 response effort different from other response initiatives in the DC metro area? WIROC is a regional and multifaith network (including 11 diverse faith traditions). WIROC is both 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 collaborate effectively 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? As a congregation, you can become a Solidarity Congregation or as an individual, you can become a Solidarity Neighbor (see below for more details). You can sign up to join the WIROC network here.

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 $100-$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 this site. See our list of current Solidarity Congregations here!

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.

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.