Volunteering, Interning, and Mentoring

By volunteering, interning, or mentoring with the IRC in San Jose, you can use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution rebuild their lives in America. To view our current opportunities and learn about our processing click here.


Monetary Donations:

You can help refugees in our community by donating to the IRC in Northern California. Your donation to the IRC in Northern California will help refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States become self-sufficient, productive members of their new communities. Online donations accepted here.

Soft Landing Fund:

Refugees only receive a one-time allocation of $1,175 per person to cover initial resettlement expenses and this amount remains the same regardless of where in the country they are resettled. The majority of refugees arriving in Northern California are joining family members who are often not yet financially stable themselves. As a result, the refugees served by the International Rescue Committee in Northern California typically require additional financial support as they get on their feet in the United States.

You can help! The Soft Landing Fund provides housing assistance for refugees who have arrived in the last six months. 100% of your donation will be disbursed to refugee families in need of support with rent and utilities. You can donate to the Soft Landing Fund here.

In-Kind Donations:


In-kind donations help provide a warm and welcoming home to refugees upon their arrival in the U.S. Additional supplies, such as school and work bags, help provide newly arrived refugees the tools they need to integrate and achieve self-sufficiency. The IRC in San Jose accepts the below listed items, in new or good condition, with consultation from the Volunteer and Donations Team. You may also visit our Amazon Wish Lists here to view our most needed items (updated monthly). Thank you for your interest in supporting the IRC in San Jose!