International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Volunteer Opportunities


The IRC in Los Angeles offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for members of the community, businesses, students, and retirees. Whether you are interested in volunteering for a few weeks or a few months, we will work with you to identify fulfilling activities that will fit your schedule. Most volunteer opportunities take place during our normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9am—5pm.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and expected availability to Rameena Rahman, Volunteer Coordinator: 
Current volunteer opportunities include:

Citizenship and Financial Literacy Volunteer Instructor

The volunteer instructor will teach two citizenship/financial education classes a week at a Los Angeles Public Library. The instructor will provide much needed knowledge and support to eligible immigrants in the process of becoming a citizen. The time commitment for this position is 3-4 months, for 2-4 hours, twice a week. Learn More.

Citizenship and Financial Literacy Classroom Assistant

The Citizenship and Financial Literacy Volunteer Classroom Assistant will assist the Citizenship and Financial Literacy Volunteer Instructor in the classroom at a Los Angeles Public Library, assisting with class pre-preparation, helping to check in students and helping students in the classroom. If interested, this position can transition into Citizenship and Financial Literacy Volunteer Instructor.  Bilingual in English/Spanish prefered, however not necessary. 

Reception/Front Desk Volunteer 

The volunteer will welcome clients and provide information vital to the success of newly arrived refugees, immigrants and asylees. The volunteer will gain expertise on all three core programs and work with both staff members and clients. Learn More.

Pre-Arrival Volunteer (Urgently Needed! Especially volunteers with Farsi and/or Armenian fluency)
The Pre-Arrival program assists refugee clients with the process of relocation to the United States. The pre-arrival team also facilitates the application process, where the U.S. tie applies on behalf of persons in Iran who qualify to gain refugee status through the Lautenberg program. The pre-arrival volunteer will assist with this application process. Learn more.
Early Employment Volunteer

The Employment volunteer will support the Early Employment team. The Employment volunteer will assist the Employment Specialist through client vocational skills development and job placement. Learn more.

Job Placement Associate

The role of the IRC Job Placement Associate is to find qualifying employment for the refugee or asylee with whom they are paired within the first four months the refugee or asylee is enrolled in the Early Employment program. Learn more.