International Rescue Committee (IRC)

How to Apply


Thank you for interest in volunteering with the IRC in Atlanta! Your willingness to invest time and energy in our work is invaluable to the refugees we serve. Use the following steps to apply for a position and you'll be on your way to becoming an IRC Volunteer!

1. Get to Know the IRC
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, including Atlanta. 

2. Become a Volunteer
There are four steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1.  Select a volunteer position.  You can view our current volunteer positions online.  When you know what you want to do or if you have questions about the positions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at
  2. Complete an application.  The Volunteer Coordinator will send you a link to our online volunteer application.
  3. Attend a Volunteer Orientation.  Once your application is complete, the Volunteer Coordinator will invite you to one of our upcoming orientation sesssions.  These short meetings will give introduce you to the IRC, our work in Atlanta, where refugees come from, and how they reach the United States.
  4. Complete a background check.  To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $50 donation tto cover associated costs.  Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible.  This step might add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.


Questions? Click here for frequently asked questions.

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