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How to volunteer in Atlanta

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The volunteer process:

  1. Select a volunteer position. You can view our current volunteer positions online. When you know what you want to do or if you have questions about the positions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerATL [at] Rescue.org.
  2. Complete an application. The Volunteer Coordinator will then send you a link to our online volunteer application.
  3. Attend a Volunteer Orientation. Once your application is complete, the Volunteer Coordinator will invite you to one of our upcoming orientation sessions. These short meetings will give introduce you to the IRC, our work in Atlanta, where refugees come from, and how they reach the United States.
  4. Complete a background check. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $50 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. This step might add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

For more information, contact VolunteerATL [at] Rescue.org (subject: Volunteering%20question) .

 

For information on our internship positions, please click here.

 

Current opportunities:

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Class Assistant

Impart the gift of language! The IRC’s English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help newly-arrived refugees rapidly learn English so that they can secure employment and perform the daily tasks necessary for their family's well-being. Volunteers assist IRC instructors in weekday classes.

  • Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2.5-10 hours per week for 3 months; M-F, 9-11:30am

 

English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) Assistant

The IRC’s EL/Civics classes help non-native English speakers develop their language ability, increase their understanding of US civics, and build their workplace readiness skills so that they can become active in their community as they pursue personal career pathways. Volunteers assist IRC instructors in weekday and evening classes.

  • Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2.5 hours per week for 3 months; M, W & Th, 9-11:30am, 12-2:30pm, and 6-8:30pm, or Sat, 9am-12pm

 

Women's Literacy Class Assistant

The IRC’s women's literacy program provides curriculum tailored to the specific needs of newly-arrived women and their families, including financial literacy, medical and housing issues, and employment skills.  Volunteers assist IRC instructors in weekday classes.

  • Requirements: Assist English Teacher through on-site tutoring.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2.5-10 hours per week for 3 months; M-Th, 9-11:30am

 

Vocational English as a Second Language (VESOL) Assistant

The IRC’s VESOL class helps refugee students improve their English ability and prepare for employment by using workplace contexts, vocabulary, and practice. Volunteers assist in the classroom for afternoon classes.

  • Requirements: Assist English Teacher through on-site tutoring.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2-10 hours per week for 3 months; M-F, 12-2pm

 

Computer Literacy Class Assistant

The IRC's computer literacy class provides essential skills for students who have had little or no experience working with computers before.  The class provides coputer-based instruction in ESL as well as specific computer skills such as typing, creating resumes, navigating the internet, and creating email accounts.  Volunteers assist students on the computer in weekday afternoon classes.

  • Requirements: Able to address client needs in limited English speaking environment. Basic computer skills.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2-10 hours per week for 3 months; M-F, 2-4pm

 

Child Care Assistant

The IRC's child care supports other weekday education programs and encourages full and equitable participation of all parents.  Parents are able to attend classes while their children, under the aga of six and too young to be enrolled in school, can partake in this program.  In child care, children are able to play, rest, and even learn some English and songs.  Volunteers assist IRC child care instructors.

  • Requirements: Comfortable aroud children 0-5 years old of various backgrounds and little to no English proficiency.  Able to work independently and assist in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2.5-20 hours per week for 3 months; M-F, 9am-2:30pm

 

Youth Afterschool Tutor

IRC’s Afterschool Program is designed for refugee and American students in grades 7 to 12. The program provides academic assistance, helps youth transition into their new homes and schools, and builds leadership skills. Volunteers provide homework help, mentoring, and support for students. The program takes place every school day between 3:00 and 5:30 pm at Clarkston High School. It also operates during the summer, and includes a refugee youth internship program.

  • Requirements: Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment. Comfortable working with youth. Must be fingerprinted as per state law.
  • Minimum Commitment: 2.5-10 hours per week for 3 months; M-Th, 3-5:30pm

 

Resettlement Shop Assistant

Help refugees get much-needed items! Work in this thrift-shop environment helping refugees choose clothing and house wares that they need. Volunteers help sort donations, restock the shop and help refugees to pack up their new belongings as they check out.

  • Requirements: Minimum Commitment: 3-9 hours per week; M-F, 10:30am-1:30pm.

 

Professional Mentorship Program

Volunteers help individuals advance their career through work readiness workshops, career counseling, assistance with training program enrollments, and job upgrades.  The volunteer works one-on-one with a foreign-trained professional and provides professional development skills, guidance, and networking that will allow them to advance their career here in the United States.

  • Target Areas: Construction trades, IT, medical field, public health, business administration, education
  • Minimum Commitment: 6-month period, 2 meetings a month; flexible scheduling

 

Connect to Success Conversation Partners

Volunteers support refugee youth and young adults as they learn Englsh and adapt to life in the United States.  Volunteers spend one hour each week working with their partner on conversational English.  In addition to helping with English, volunteers provide guidance and support to their partners by helping to answer questions about life in the United States.  This volunteer opportunity is part of the IRC in Atlanta's Connect to Success program, which supports refugee youth and young adults as they work toward their education and career goals.

  • Minimum Commitment: 3-month period, 1 meeting per week; flexible scheduling

 

Connect to Success Tutors

Volunteer tutors support refugee youth and young adults as they prepare for standardized tests such as the GED and SAT.  Tutors spend one hour per week providing individualized academic and test prep help.  This volunteer opportunity is part of the IRC in Atlanta's Connect to Success program, which supports refugee youth and young adults as they work toward their education and career goals.

  • Minimum Commitment: 3-month period, 1 meeting per week; flexible scheduling

 

On-Call Donations Volunteer

Do you have a truck or large vehicle that would like to volunteer with you?  The IRC in Atlanta is frequently offered large donations that require pickups.  Work with the Donations Coordinator and Logistics Department in picking up and delivering donations from donors and to clients.  On-call donations volunteering is also a great place for experienced yard sale pickers and list-serve sleuths.

  • Requirements: Ability to transport large furniture (sofas, tables, etc).
  • Minimum Commitment: 2-3 hours a week; flexible schedule.

 

Team/Group Volunteering

The IRC in Atlanta can make a group activity with most of the above activities - as well as a few others. Learn more by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.