International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Atlanta Volunteer Opportunities


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Volunteer Positions

Volunteering at the IRC is a great way to impact your world while forming life-changing friendships. 

Here are the different ways you can get involved in Atlanta:


·         ESOL Teaching Assistant

·         English Literacy/Civics Teaching Assistant (weekday evening opportunites available)

·         First Things First Teaching Assistant

·         Computer Lab Teaching Assistant

·         Youth Afterschool Tutor

·         Citizenship Tutor (flexible scheduling)

·         Resettlement Shop Assistant

·         On-Call Donations Volunteer

·         Women's Business Mentors

·         Group Volunteering


English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Assistant

Impart the gift of language! The IRC’s English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help newly arrived refugees rapidly learn English so that they can secure employment and perform the daily tasks necessary for their family's well-being. Volunteers assist IRC instructors in weekday classes.

Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.

Minimum Commitment: 2-8 hours per week for 3 months; M-Th; morning availability preferred


First Things First Assistant

IRC’s First Things First Program (FtF) is a women’s literacy class that provides English instruction to refugee mothers while providing educational childcare. Volunteers assist in the classroom and help care for the children while their mothers learn. FtF I focuses on pre-literate clients and FtF II focuses on more advanced clients.

Requirements: Assist English Teacher through on-site tutoring.

Minimum Commitment: 2-8 hours per week for 3 months; M-Th, 9 - 11:30 am


Resettlement Shop Assistant

Help refugees get much-needed items! Work in this thrift-shop environment helping refugees choose clothing and house wares that they need. Volunteers help sort donations, restock the shop and check out each refugee’s selections.


Minimum Commitment: 3-9 hours per week; T -Th, 10:30am-1:30pm


Computer Lab Assistant

Assist clients in acquiring essential computer literacy skills. Volunteers help refugee clients learn how to navigate the Internet, create email accounts, improve their typing skills, create resumes, apply to jobs, and learn basic functions of MS Office.

Requirements: Able to address client needs in limited English speaking environment. Basic computer skills.

Minimum Commitment: 2- 8 hours per week for 3 months; M – F 9am - 4pm


Youth Afterschool Tutor

IRC’s Afterschool Program is designed for refugee and American students in grades 7 to 12. The program provides academic assistance, helps youth transition into their new homes and schools, and builds leadership skills. Volunteers provide homework help, mentoring, and support for students. The program takes place every school day between 3:00 and 5:30 pm at Clarkston High School. It also operates during the summer, and includes a refugee youth internship program.

Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment. Comfortable working with youth. Must be fingerprinted as per state law.

Minimum Commitment: 2-10 hours per week for 3 months; 3:00-5:30pm, M-Th


Citizenship Tutor

Citizenship classroom volunteers assist in the IRC’s citizenship preparation classes offered in partnership with USCIS. As part of the interview process, applicants must pass a Civics and English test to become U.S. citizens. Citizenship classroom volunteers will work with students on subjects such as the naturalization application, practicing English, and studying Civics and US history.

Requirements: Able to work identify and address client needs in a multi-level English environment. Comfortable explaining commands and US history.

Minimum Commitment: 3-4 hours per week for a 12 week class session. Classes are held at the IRC on Saturday mornings as well as an off-site location during the week. 


On-Call Donations Volunteer

Do you have a truck or large vehicle that would like to volunteer with you?  The IRC in Atlanta is frequently offered large donations that require pickups.  Work with the Donations Coordinator and Logistics Department in picking up and delivering donations from donors and to clients.  On-call donations volunteering is also a great place for experienced yard sale pickers and list-serve sleuths.

Requirements: Ability to transport large furniture (sofas, tables, etc).

Minimum Commitment: 2-3 hours a week; flexible schedule.

Team/Group Volunteering

The IRC in Atlanta has several opportunities for teams or community groups interested in volunteering. Learn more at the Team/Group Volunteering webpage

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Additional Questions? Click here to see frequently asked questions.