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How to volunteer in Turlock/Modesto

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Through varied volunteer opportunities, individuals are able to share their unique experience and expertise directly with the IRC's refugee clients in the Central Valley. We currently operate several highly effective programs designed to meet a variety of refugee newcomers' needs. We provide our clients with initial resettlement help, vocational English language classes, job placement assistance and immigration services, and volunteers are needed across these areas to help deliver programming and ensure the effective management of our office.

The bulk of our regular volunteer opportunities are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We have a four-month minimum commitment for most of these positions, which ensures enough time for individuals to move beyond training and into meaningful work. Placement is subject to availability and volunteers must be at least 18 years old and undergo a security background check.

IRC in Turlock: jonathan.partridge [at] rescue.org

Fill out an application online. If you're a good fit for one of the available opportunities, someone will be in touch with you. 

Current ongoing opportunities:

Employment Services Assistant
Under the supervision and direction of the Employment Supervisor, volunteers help with a range of activities to help prepare refugee clients for their first jobs in the U.S.

Responsibilities:

  • Work individually with clients to create resumes, conduct job searches, complete applications, find networking opportunities, and help them understand U.S. work culture
  • Provide assistance and feedback for clients as they practice interview skills
  • Assist employment staff with a variety of projects and administration needs, such as filing and reviewing client records
  • Assist employment staff with other tasks as assigned
  • Minimum Commitment: 3-6 hrs/week for a minimum 4 months, longer volunteer commitments encouraged.

Employment Mentor
Employment mentors help refugee clients thrive in their new job positions by providing friendship, feedback, and general direction.

Responsibilities:

  • Check in with clients weekly to learn about the status of their new jobs
  • Answer questions about employment practices and expectations, as well as issues that might arise at work
  • Practice work-related vocabulary terms
  • Minimum commitment: 4 hr/week for four to six months, longer commitment encouraged

ESL Classroom Teacher
Under the supervision of the Vocational English as a Second Language Instructor, classroom aides will teach English classes to newly arrived refugees. This position is ideal for someone studying with a TESOL certificate or who is currently studying ESL.    

Responsibilities:

  • Offer class presentations on vocabulary and English language concepts
  • Make copies of instructional materials when needed
  • Minimum Commitment: 20 hrs/week for a minimum of four months

ESL Classroom Aide
Under the supervision of the Vocational English as a Second Language Instructor, classroom aides will assist with individual instruction in English classes to newly arrived refugees.  

Responsibilities:

  • Lead group sessions and one-on-one sessions with ESL training materials
  • Assist students with vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Make copies of instructional materials when needed
  • Minimum Commitment: 6 hrs/week for a minimum of four months

Vocational ESL Tutor
Under the supervision of the VESL Instructors, tutors will provide English tutoring support to IRC clients, with an emphasis on language skills that will help them in the workplace.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead group sessions and one-on-one sessions with ESL training materials
  • Assist students with vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Make copies of instructional materials when needed
  • Minimum Commitment: 3 hrs/week for a minimum of four months, longer volunteer commitments encouraged

Front Desk Receptionist
Receptionists serve to welcome clients and assist with a variety of clerical duties.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet clients and notify appropriate staff members about their arrival
  • Answer phones, take messages, and respond to general questions about the IRC
  • Assist case managers and employment staff with filing and paperwork
  • Minimum commitment: 6 hr/week for four months.

Immigration Program Support
Under the supervision and direction of the Immigration Caseworker, these volunteers will help clients become permanent residents and U.S. citizens.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist clients with paperwork needed to gain citizenship or establish residency
  • Assist with completion of reports and file documents related to clients’ citizenship needs
  • Contact clients with case updates
  • Volunteer at citizenship workshops and engage in community outreach
  • Minimum commitment: 4 hrs/week for four months.

Volunteer Driver
Drivers provide transportation to refugee clients to transport them to appointments at local schools, businesses, and government offices. They work closely with case management staff and are used on an on-call basis.

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to calls from case managers during hours of availability
  • Transport clients to appointments as required
  • Ensure that clients are dropped off and picked up in a timely fashion
  • Minimum commitment: At least 2 hrs of weekly availability for six months.