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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:

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Volunteer opportunities

We currently have 125 opportunities across the United States.
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Silver Spring, MD

Summer Academy Volunteer

Start date: July 7, 2021

Engage young refugees and asylees to address learning gaps in English and math.

New York, NY

Resettlement Intern (Remote)

Start date: Ongoing

The Resettlement Intern will assist case management staff in providing reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees as they adjust to their new lives in the US. (S)he will play a key role in helping refugee families access needed benefits and services within their first to six months in the United States. The intern will also perform a series of clerical and administrative duties to ensure client files are kept up to date.

New York, NY

Public Assistance Intern (Remote)

Start date: Ongoing

The Public Assistance Intern will assist clients in the Resettlement Department to navigate the NYC public assistance system. The intern will support clients in understanding the different public assistance programs and benefits as well as teaching clients how to apply, maintain and troubleshoot their public assistance cases. The goal for this internship is to assist clients in becoming self-sufficient such that they can navigate public assistance independently. The intern will also perform a series of clerical and administrative duties to ensure client files are kept up to date.

New York, NY

Employment Intern (Remote)

Start date: Ongoing

The Employment intern is a volunteer position to support the IRC in NY’s early employment programs. This program aims to support IRC clients to establish in reaching employment and career goals they have set for themselves. The IRC’s federal and state employment programs provide job readiness training (JRT), job counseling, and job placement services for newly arrived refugees and asylees beginning their careers in the US. The employment intern will support the program by enrolling clients in the program, assist them in developing employment goals and identifying opportunities related to these goals. The intern will also assist in developing research that will support the building of relationships with employers and assist in development of employment opportunities. The intern will also provide job readiness tools to participants. The ideal candidates will have prior experience in the field of job development or job readiness programing.

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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.

MaryIRC volunteer in Dallas