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
    Donate to the background check fund and complete background check

Volunteer opportunities

We currently have 174 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