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How to volunteer in Salt Lake City

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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, many of which are outlined below. 
  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 view dates and times for the info session, which are scheduled two months out. Sign up for the one that fits your schedule best. 
  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. 


Open Flexible Opportunities:

These are opportunities that do not require a formal background check, but do require a conversation with the volunteer coordinator. 

Food Access Volunteer (Saturdays) 

Every Saturday, 12-3 our New Roots team operates the Sunnyvale Farmers Market, a farmers market featuring produced grown by and supporting refugees in Salt Lake City. This year, through amazing partnerships with Utah Food Bank and Green Urban Lunchbox, we are able to provide free food commodities and free fresh fruit to our patrons in the one of the largest food deserts in Salt Lake County. Volunteers can either assist at the farm prior to the market (harvesting, organizing and helping refugee farmers) or assiat at the market with the distribution of low to no cost food commodities and produce. Training is provided at the start of every shift.  

Commitment: Market support requires at least one shift total, 11am-2:30pm. Volunteers assisting at the farm are asked to commit to at least 2 shifts a month through late October, 9am-12pm. 

Requirements: Volunteers must be 15+ and willing to work patiently with limited English Speakers, ability to speak Arabic, Swahili, Nepali or Spanish is helpful, but not required. No background check is required for this role the market role, but those at the farm will be asked to complete a background check.  

Next Steps: Email volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org with your interest  to receive more information.

Spice to Go Volunteer (Thursdays) 

Our new program of Spice Kitchen Incubator is a ready-made meal service offers community members the opportunity to order and pick-up an amazing meal featuring a different Spice Kitchen Entrepreneur every Thursday. This program grew very quickly and so the Spice crew and their entrepreneurs need some help getting the food from the kitchen to the hungry customers up from. A fun crew of volunteers has erupted from this new program and they would love to have you join in!

Commitment: Shifts are Thursdays 3:30-7:00pm, we ask volunteers to commit to 2 shifts a month for at least 3 months. Training is provided at the start of your first shift.

Requirements: Volunteers must be 16+, no background check is required.

Next Steps: Email volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org with your interest to receive more information.

Smart Phone Workshop Volunteer (As Needed) 

We are looking for volunteers interested in working one-on-one with our clients to go over basic phone usage and safety. Many of our clients have used smart phones before, but it is our goal to ensure more understand more about available resources. This would be a one-time event and volunteers do not need to be tech experts, they should simply have basic experience and comfort level with smart phones. 

Commitment: 3 hour workshop, dates are scheduled by IRC depending on interpreter and client availability. The next available workshop is July 17, 10am-1pm.

Requirements: Volunteers must be 18+. If interested in getting more involved after a workshop, volunteers are required to go through the formal volunteer process, but for this role no background check is required.

Next Steps: Email volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org with your interest to receive more information.


Volunteer opportunities with a weekly commitment: 

The opportunities outlined beyond this point require interested community members to follow the steps at the stop of the page. 

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.

Tech Mentor 

Work one-on-one with a refugee family to provide personalized training on basic computer and internet safety. Mentors are trained to meet the clients’ needs and provide in-home support for up to 6 weeks.

  • Commitment: 2-4 hours a week for 6 weeks, 
  • Requirements: 18 or older, all volunteers in this role must clear an IRC HireRight background check. For this, we ask for a $45 donation to cover the cost.
  • Training: There are trainings every other month at the IRC SLC office. 
  • Next Steps: Email volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org with "Tech Mentor" in the subject line. 

Adult ESL Tutor 

IRC in Salt Lake City is incredibly excited to be starting an ESL program to specifically serve refugees that would not otherwise be able to access formal ESL classes, primarily our female clients with young children. This program will be a mix of classroom based learning at the IRC offices paired with in-home tutoring for clients who would otherwise not be able to access classroom learning opportunities.

  • Commitment: 2-4 hours a week for at least 3 months
  • Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 or older and all volunteers in this role must clear an IRC HireRight background check. For this, we ask for a $45 donation to cover the cost.
  • Training: those interested in this role must attend one of the following training dates. Either Wednesday August 16, 5:30-8:30pm or Saturday August 19, 10am-1pm.
  • Next steps: email your interest to volunteerSLC [at] rescue.org with “ESL Tutor” in the subject line. 

Childcare Assistant

Volunteers hang out with kids aged about 2-16 to ensure their mothers can focus on support group activities. Whether it is playing on the playground, participating in a game or drawing with some sidewalk chalk, volunteers are welcome to develop activities to keep the youth engaged. Location changes depending on the event, but most take place at the office.

  • Commitment: 2 shifts a month preferred, but depends on program schedules: 
  • Requirements: volunteers are welcome to bring their own children and volunteers can be as young as 15 with parent/guardian approval. 
  • Shift Options: Typically Tuesday and Thursday daytime shifts, Thursday evenings and occasional Saturdays 
  • Training: provided on site during first shift 

Family Nutrition (WIC) 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 

Graphic and Web Design Volunteers

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. Patient and flexible to work with the varied schedules of entrepenuers. 

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

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.