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Corporate Engagement Opportunities

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The IRC in Northern California is pleased to provide our local and national partners with opportunities to engage meaningfully and directly with our work. All activities are be paired with an education session that teaches participants the basics of refugee resettlement and the specific program. 

New Roots Garden Day 

The IRC New Roots garden in Oakland and farm in Sacramento reconnect refugees with the traditions of their home countries and provides fresh produce for their families. Spend a half or full day helping the gardeners get the most out of their plots by planting, weeding, watering, composting, and general garden maintenance, as well as improving the site further with special projects such as planting native plants, wetland restoration, murals, and more. 


  • # of Volunteers: Up to 20 volunteers
  • # of Clients: No clients participate
  • Length: approx. 4 hours
  • Location: IRC's New Roots garden

2016-2017 Schedule: Six slots per calendar year with scheduling as requested; booking advised 6 weeks in advance 

AirBnb volunteers get their hands dirty in the garden.

Learn & Lunch at the Garden 

For those with less time, but an interest in experiencing New Roots, join us for lunch catered by a refugee-owned local restaurant. A New Roots gardener will be on site to give tours of the garden and share their experience and staff will lead a short garden activity. 


  • # of Volunteers: Up to 25 volunteers
  • # of Clients: 1 client speaker
  • Length: approx. 2-3 hours
  • Location: IRC's New Roots garden

2016-2017 Schedule: Six Friday opportunities available per year; booking advised 4 weeks in advance 

Career Coaching 

Play a crucial role in a refugee’s steps towards self-sufficiency by speaking to your expertise, conducting mock interviews and helping with cover letters. This is an important step in building their confidence as they work to secure their first job in the United Sates. Most events are held weekday afternoons and it is requested that groups contribute items that will help refugees with their job search, such as pre-loaded Clipper cards or Chromebooks. 


  • # of Volunteers: 5-15 volunteers; can accomodate up to 25
  • # of Clients: generally 5-10 clients participate  
  • Length: approx. 4 hours
  • Location: Can host at IRC's office or the company's office

2016-2017 Schedule: As requested; booking advised 6 weeks in advance

Google employees coach IRC clients on informational interviews.

Company Visits 

Expose refugees to a new workplace environment by hosting them at your organization. Job seekers have the opportunity to learn about the industry, jobs offered by your company, and pathways to employment there. 


  • # of Volunteers: 5-15 volunteers
  • # of Clients: generally 5-10 clients participate  
  • Length: approx. 2 hours

2016-2017 Schedule: As requested; booking advised 6 weeks in advance

Naturalization Workshops

After five years in the United States, refugees can apply for citizenship. This begins by filling out a naturalization application, which can be a long and confusing task. Volunteers will help refugee & immigrant clients with this initial form and then study for the citizenship test and interview. We encourage immigrants themselves and those with foreign language skills to participate. 

Details: 10-15 volunteers; approx. 4 hours

  • # of Volunteers: Up to 25 volunteers
  • # of Clients: Up to 30 clients
  • Length:  Approx. 4 hours + a 1.5 hour training that can be a part of the volunteer day or done via webinar prior
  • Location: Can be hosted at the IRC's office, a community space, or the company's office

2016-2017 Schedule: As requested; booking advised 8 weeks in advance

The required donation amount varies depending on group size and project type. The minimum required donation begins at $1,000. Know you're interested? Please fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss options. For more information on how your company can get involved, contact the IRC in Northern California's Development Manager by email, Maggie.Berkemeyer [at] Rescue.org, or by phone (510) 852-8920.


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