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How to volunteer in Sacramento

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Through the IRC in Sacramento's varied volunteer opportunities, individuals are able to share their unique experience and expertise directly with the IRC's refugee and asylee clients. We currently operate several highly effective programs designed to meet a variety of refugee and asylee newcomers' needs.

If interested in volunteering with the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, please complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise.

 

Current Ongoing opportunities:

DAYTIME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Mon – Fri from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

* All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and undergo a security background check

 

Refugee Resettlement Program Support 

  • Refugee Resettlement: Volunteers assist with initial resettlement activities such as setting up apartments, accompanying clients to appointments, teaching clients how to use public transportation, cashing checks, and acculturating to the Sacramento community. They also assist case managers to maintain case files and other office work as needed. Part of this position also includes transporting clients for official IRC visits and appointments within the Sacramento area during the volunteer's scheduled volunteer time, as such volunteers will need a valid drivers license, reliable car, and proof of car insurance.  All mileage is eligible for reimbursement.
    Minimum Commitment:  6 - 16 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.
  • Cultural Orientation: Volunteers assist newly arrived refugees to learn about their new environment by helping in various aspects of the IRC's Cultural Orientation (CO) classes. Responsibilities may include organizing course logistic, developing resources, transportation support, CO-related administration, course facilitation, and other duties as assigned. Part of this position also includes transporting clients for official IRC visits and appointments within the Sacramento area during the volunteer's scheduled volunteer time, as such volunteers will need a valid drivers license, reliable car, and proof of car insurance.  All mileage is eligible for reimbursement.
    Minimum Commitment:  6 - 10 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.
  • Health Access: Volunteers help clients learn to manage their physical & mental health and understand the US healthcare system. Responsibilities include accompanying clients to health screenings and appointments, teaching clients how to navigate the healthcare system, assisting with health-related workshops for clients, assisting the ICM Coordinator with program administration, and other duties as assigned. Part of this position also includes transporting clients for official IRC visits and appointments within the Sacramento area during the volunteer's scheduled volunteer time, as such volunteers will need a valid drivers license, reliable car, and proof of car insurance.  All mileage is eligible for reimbursement.
     Minimum Commitment:  6 - 12 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.

 

Refugee Economic Empowerment Program Support

  • Refugee Empowerment: Volunteers assist in the Employment center to help refugees prepare for their first jobs in the U.S.! Volunteers support class participants as they learn about the job search process and practice skills they’ll need to be successful in securing employment. Our classes focus on increasing clients’ confidence and English skills through conversation and oral/visual instruction rather than text-based instruction. Volunteers assist with helping newly arrived refugees search for and attain employment. Under the supervision and direction of the Employment Specialist and Assistant, volunteers help with a range of activities such as creating resumes, filling out job applications, mentoring clients one-on-one about finding work in the US. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 - 15 hrs/Month for a minimum 4 months, longer volunteer commitments encouraged.
  • Computer Literacy Support: Provide instruction focused on teaching clients the computer skills desired by employers such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint), email usage, internet browsing, and cloud storage.  
    Minimum Commitment:  4 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.
  • Vocational ESL Tutor: Support our VESL program by tutoring a refugee. Tutors assist clients Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm. Materials and training will be provided, and an additional ESL orientation is required prior to starting this position. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get ESL experience with many levels of language learners. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.
  • Mommy & Me ESL: Volunteers provide support to English classes focused on assisting women with children an environment to learn English in a child-friendly space. Classes are currently held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
    Minimum Commitment:  3 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months.

New Roots Community Garden Support

  • Farm and Community Garden Support: Volunteers help refugee farmers grow produce on urban farms and garden plots. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 - 10 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 month commitment.
  • Local Community Liaison: Volunteers reach out to local restaurants and farmers' markets to cultivate and engage partners. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 - 10 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 month commitment.
  • Nutrition Workshop: Volunteers teach weekly classes in nutrition education, food access, markets, and gardening. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 month commitment.

General Office Support

  • Client Coordination: Volunteers help manage the day-to-day operation of the IRC in Sacramento by assisting clients to access services and staff, manage front desk operations, answer phones, and respond to general questions about the IRC. Volunteers may also assist Case Managers with individual client activites. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 - 10 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 month commitment.
  • Outreach and In-Kind Donation: Volunteers assist the staff in building community connections and bringing community resources into the organization. This position would also ensure distribution systems and records are maintained.  Volunteers must have great interpersonal skills and be innovative thinkers. 
    Minimum Commitment:  4 - 16 hrs/ week for a minimum 4 month commitment.

Current Occasional Opportunities

Occassional volunteers are contacted on an as-needed basis. This option is best for those who cannot currently commit four months to a specific program.

  • Donation Room Organization
  • Donation Drives
  • One-Time Events
  • Saturday Workshops
  • On-Call Driving (Donations & Events)
  • Computer Repair
  • Bicycle Repair
  • Professional Development

Once you identify the area(s) that interest you most, please complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator after your application is received.