How to become a volunteer

Volunteers play a critical role in helping refugees and immigrants thrive in the United States. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) offers volunteer opportunities to work remotely and in person (while following COVID-19 precautions). Here's the process:

  • 2022-find
    Search our volunteer opportunities
  • 2022-apply
    Apply and attend IRC orientation
  • 2022-interview
    Be interviewed by IRC staff
  • 2022-background
    Complete a background check

Volunteer opportunities

We currently have 192 opportunities across the United States.

Learn more

Watch IRC Ambassadors Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody in a discussion with the IRC’s Milagros Cruz about the many ways people across the country can volunteer for the IRC.

Why I volunteer with the IRC


I believe refugees have a right to dignity and respect for their cultures, traditions, and lives before their displacement. I don’t believe this right always exists in the U.S., and I want to work towards changing the status quo.

IRC volunteer in Dallas