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How to volunteer in Salt Lake City


Through the IRC in Salt Lake City'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.


  1. Familiarize yourself with the IRC and volunteer opportunities in Salt Lake City. Form an idea of which volunteer opportunities might suit you best.
  2. Plan to attend a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the IRC SLC. Info sessions fill up quickly, but please email volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org to get an auto response. The auto response will contain a link to sign up for the info session waitlist.  
  3. After attending a Volunteer Information Session you will be invited to complete a volunteer application.
  4. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding potential volunteer opportunities as they become available and may schedule a phone or in-person interview. Please note that due to increased interest from passionate community members like yourself, do expect a wait of 3-6 months to get placed with a specific volunteer position. 
  5. Complete a background check. The IRC kindly requests that volunteers contribute $45 toward the cost of this requirement.
  6. You're ready to get started! Depending on your role, you'll either receive further training from your in-office department or wait to be matched with a family to tutor and/or mentor.

For more information, contact VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Volunteering%20at%20IRC%20Salt%20Lake%20City) .

In addition to the volunteer positions below, we have a number of internships and group volunteer opportunities available as well. 


Office Support

Front Desk Volunteer:

Be the face of the IRC SLC! Front desk volunteers assist clients that walk-in the door to connect them with relevant staff and direct all incoming phone calls. This role is great for the personable problem-solver who seeks out accurate information. Trianing is provided via webinars and in-person on your first shift. 

Commitment: 2 hours shifts during standard office hours Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm; flexible schedule.


Case Management Support:

Health Access Volunteer

Our health team ensures that all clients receive access to the health care that will smooth the road to self-sufficiency. This includes health screenings within the first month of arrival and assisting with the scheduling of follow-up appoinments. With 1200 clients, our health team struggles to keep with the transportation assisatnce that is necessary to ensure clients get where they need to go. Health access volunteers offer this crucial support. They transport clients via their own personal vehicle to appointments, ensure they get to the correct doctor and advocate for the clients through the process. Volunteers do not need to have a background in health, but they do need to feel comfortable transporting clients in a personal vehicle and/or by public tranportation when necessary.

Commitment: one 4-6 hour shift per week for at least 3 months. Why such a long shift? This provides our health team with a wide window to schedule appointments. This does not mean you will always be busy that whole shift, but that you might have an appointment with a client within that shift. 

Women and Children Access Volunteer

Within IRC SLC's maternal and child health program, there are many benefits to which our new and soon to be mothers are eligible. Volunteers supporting this program will assist these mothers to get to government offices to receive an orientattion about using WIC benefits and then provide a tutorial on how to use these benefits at their local grocery store. Due to the number of people who need to attend the orientation, transportation is usually done via public transportation with the occasional opportunity for a volunteer to drive a client in their personal vehicle. Training is provided to explain what WIC is and how to use it. Volunteers must have weekday availability. 

Commitment: 3 hour shifts at least 2 times a month 



DIY events:

Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraising events are a great way for you to get creative and contribute to the IRC’s mission of helping families that have been uprooted by crisis to survive and rebuild their lives. There are endless possibilities for fundraising events, check out more information, ideas and even a form to request a speaker by checking out our DIY Fundraiser page. 


Economic Empowerment

Spice Kitchen Incubator Mentor:

Meet one-on-one with an entrepreneur in the Spice Kitchen Incubator program to develop business skills they have identified as areas they would like to expand. Currently we are seeking mentors with experience in marketing, financecs and customer service. 

Commitment: 3 month commitment; 1-2 hours/week.

Graphic Design Volunteer: 

Work with a Spice Kitchen or Microenterprise entrepenuer to help them develop a brand and relevant materials. From menus to business cards and beyond, we are looking for volunteers with experinece in these fields to help our clients get their businesses off the ground. In addition to experience, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to meeting deadlinesstein coordination with IRC staff, entrepenuers and you, the volunteer. 

Commitment: Project based commitment, 3+ hours a week depending on the project, with flexibility to work remotely.