International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteer Opportunities

The following are frequently asked questions for volunteer opportunities at the IRC in Tucson. If you are interested in applying, learn more about how to apply and the volunteer positions. If you have additional questions about volunteering at the IRC in Tucson, email VolunteerTucson@rescue.org

 

1. How do I get an application?
2. I'm not sure if I want to make a commitment yet. Is there a way to get more information?
3. Do all of your volunteer positions require a weekly commitment?
4. I am unable to make four-month time commitment. Can I still volunteer?
5. Are there any one-time volunteer opportunities?
6. What do I do if I cannot attend the next pre-service training?
7. I’m interested in more than one position. Is it possible to do two?
8. Is it possible to volunteer with the the IRC in another office or internationally?
9. Are there any youth volunteer opportunities with the IRC in Tucson?
10. I have volunteered with the IRC in the past. Do I need to reapply?

 

1. How do I get a volunteer application?

Email an application request to Andrew Jenkins, Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerTucson@rescue.org. Include the following in your email:

  • How you learned about the IRC
  • Which volunteer position you are interested in exploring

2. I'm not sure if I want to make a commitment yet. Is there a way to get more information?

We have Information Sessions for prospective volunteers that explain more about the IRC's work and volunteering opportunities. The Information Sessions are optional. 

3. Do all of your volunteer positions require a weekly commitment?

At this time, all of our volunteer positions require weekly commitments. Volunteers fulfill key positions in each of our departments, so therefore weekly volunteer involvement is key to the office.

If your weekly schedule is constantly changing, you may consider becoming a Family Mentor so you can set the schedule with your family. However, note that the most successful way to build a relationship with a family is to visit at the same time each week.

4. I am unable to make the four-month time commitment. Can I still volunteer?

Occasionally, we are able to make an exception. Please speak with the Volunteer Coordinator if you have a special circumstance.

5. Are there any one-time volunteer opportunities?

The best way to learn about upcoming one-time volunteer opportunities is to sign up for the newsletter. There are also opportunities to involve your businesses or civic group in a one-time project or donation drive. Please visit the Team Volunteering webpage and contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

6. What do I do if I cannot attend the next pre-service training?

Pre-service training is an important part of a volunteer’s integration and understanding of the IRC’s mission and services. We do require that all volunteers attend. If a significant schedule conflicts exists, please email the Volunteer Coordinator.

7. I’m interested in more than one position. Is it possible to do two?

Although we recommend that you start with just one position, once you become comfortable with that position, you can pick up another role. We have a number of volunteers who are active in multiple departments. This is a great way to learn the full spectrum of services that the IRC provides. It is also possible to transition from one position to another once you have fulfilled the minimum commitment.

8. Is it possible to volunteer with the the IRC in another office or internationally?

The IRC has 22 US Program Offices with several opportunities to volunteer. Visit the main volunteering page to learn more and contact the local Volunteer Coordinator.

The IRC does offer opportunities to volunteer internationally, but the application process is different from our US Programs Offices. Please visit IRC Careers and search “Volunteer” for more information.

9. Are there any youth volunteer opportunities with the IRC in Tucson?

The IRC offers a unique, competitive summer internship for high school students called the Ambassador Internship Program. At this time, we do not have any other youth-specific volunteer opportunities.

10. I have volunteered with the IRC in the past. Do I need to reapply?

Many volunteers continue with the IRC when they move to a different part of the country. Please schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator so we can get to know you in Tucson. If you have volunteered recently, you may not need to reapply. Thank you for your continued support of the IRC!

 

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