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 Opportunities
- Training Instructor
- 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
Volunteers are paired with an employable client and support IRC activities to secure entry-level employment. Reinforce understanding of general employment protocols and deliver messages consistent with those of IRC staff. Assist clients with filling out applications, transport to job interviews, practice job related skills (mock interviews, resume knowledge, assist in determining public transportation route to work, accompany on mock commute, encouage job retention)
Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client employment needs in a limited-English environment.
Minimum Commitment: 2-4 hours/ week for 4 months; set a consistent schedule to visit during the day, evening or weekend
Training Instructor: Job Class / Cultural Orientation / Citizenship
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)
- Job Readiness Traning Class: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am - 3 pm
- Cultural Orientation: Monday and Friday 10 am - 3 pm
- Citizenship Class: independent schedule - flexible
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 hours/ week for 4 months during business hours (M-F; 8:30-5pm)
- Morning Shift: Monday-Friday 9 am - 12 pm
- Afternoon Shift: Monday-Friday 1 pm - 5 pm
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: Flexible based on event schedule. (May include one-time events)
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.