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 Tucson:
- Family Mentor/ESL Tutor
- Training Instructor
- Home Health Visitor
- Administrative Support
- Resource Development
- Moving Team
- Skill Specific
- Team Volunteering
Family Mentor/ESL Tutor
Volunteers are paired with a refugee family and visit their home once a week to assist with learning new community resources (public transportation, grocery stores, library), practicing important life skills (budgeting, making appointments) and improving English language.
Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.
Minimum Commitment: 2 hours/ week for 4 months; set a consistent schedule to visit on an evening or weekend
Training Instructor: Job Class / Citizenship / Other
Volunteers work closely with staff to provide services and facilitate classes that reinforce client self-sufficiency, job readiness and community integration. Various classes and activities occur throughout the work week, including: Vocational English, Civics, Public transportation, Bicycle safety, Sign language, Financial education, Job Search, and Yoga.
Requirements: Comfortable in an English-learner classroom setting. Patience, creativity, teamwork, flexibility, and laughter. Proficiency in related skills.
Minimum Commitment: 2-4 hours/ week for 4 months; most classes occur during business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5pm)
Home Health Visitor
Volunteers work closely with Case Management staff to promote self-sufficiency in clients who have unique medical or developmental needs. Volunteers coordinate with staff to conduct home visits with assigned clients at least once a month to assess needs and follow-up on existing service plans. If schedules allow, volunteers can also accompany clients to specialist appointments as a patient advocate.
Requirements: 2 years of experience providing medical care or comparable experience.
Minimum Commitment: 2-4 hours/ week for 4 months; semi-flexible schedule to coordinate weekly visits with clients (daytime or evenings)
Volunteers assist in managing the front desk/reception area by greeting clients and refering them to appropriate staff within the organization. Volunteers may also assist with distributing and tracking in-kind donations.
Requirements: Strong cross-cultural communication skills, keen attention to detail, ability to multi-task. Enjoys meeting new people.
Minimum Commitment: 3-4 hour/ week for 4 months during business hours (M-F; 8:30-5pm)
Volunteers join Resource Development staff to bring community resources into the organization and then distribute them to clients in an organized fashion. Activities may include: planning donation drives or fundraising events; arranging refugee guest speakers; mobilizing volunteer resources; or managing IRC donation closet. Common donation needs are diapers, hygiene items, bikes, and small household items.
Requirements: Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be innovative thinkers.
Minimum Commitment: 4 hours/ week for 4 months; business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5pm) or flexible based on event schedule
Moving Team- Welcome Home! (large vehicle needed)
Sometimes clients are approved for very affordable subsidized housing and need to move on short notice. With few resources and connections, they greatly appreciate a helping hand and a Ford F-150.
Requirements: Must have access to a large vehicle.
Minimum Commitment: 4 hour time block as needed
Skill Specific: Database Support, Interpreter, Journalism, Photography, Video Editing, Yoga
The IRC may coordinate efforts with skilled professionals willing to donate their time as independent contractors. Discuss your ideas with an IRC staff member and don’t be afraid to dream big.
Interested in an internship? Find out more at our Internship Opportunities webpage.
The IRC has several opportunities for teams interested in volunteering. Learn more at the Team Volunteering webpage.
Ready to dive in? Click here to learn how to apply.