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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 118 opportunities across the United States.
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New York, NY

Volunteer Coordinator Civic Corps (paid)

Start date: November 5, 2021

The Civic Corps member is responsible for collaborating with IRC staff to determine volunteer needs; recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers; provide on-going support and guidance for volunteers; and enter volunteer information in a central database system. Member must be able to perform all required tasks remotely until the office is fully open for in-person activities.

San Diego, CA

Tax Preparation Volunteer

Start date: January 1, 2022

The IRC operates a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide FREE tax preparation services to individuals and families with incomes below the national average who would like to get the most out of their tax return.  Last tax season, the IRC in San Diego’s VITA Volunteers completed more than 2,200 returns and helped our community receive more than $3.5 million in refunds. As a tax preparation volunteer, you will provide important support to individuals and families with incomes below the national average by guiding them through the tax preparation process and connecting them with other IRC resources when appropriate. You will work one-on-one with clients supporting them in navigating the ins and outs of tax preparation.

Miami, FL

Natural Helper

Start date: Ongoing

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

San Diego, CA

San Diego Internship Opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Academic internships currently available at the IRC in San Diego. Currently recruiting for the following positions: Refugee Client Services Intern, Citizenship Education Program Intern, and Youth Programs Engagement Intern.

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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