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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Abilene, TX, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See below for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

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Current opportunities

Abilene, TX

Youth Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Help address the education gap many youth face when arriving to the US. Tutor school aged refugee youth after school.

Abilene, TX

Youth Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Youth mentors work one-on-one with a refugee youths (ages 15-24) through social interaction.

Abilene, TX

Single Mother Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Single mother mentors work one-on-one with a refugee mothers (ages XX-24) through social interaction and friendship.

Abilene, TX

Anti-Trafficking Community Outreach Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator by helping coordinate outreach in the local community

Abilene, TX

Anti-Trafficking Marketing and Multimedia Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist with development and implementation of public outreach and awareness campaigns

Abilene, TX

On-call Housing Set-up Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Once we know a family or individual will be served by the Abilene office, our team works to secure their housing and ensure that their home is set-up and ready to welcome them upon their arrival. We rely on volunteers and various community groups to help with housing set-ups.

Abilene, TX

CSC Shopping Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Trained CSC volunteers help new arrivals pick out clothes for themselves and their families and provide transportation to/from CSC.

Abilene, TX

Case Work Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene case work team by providing direct client assistance.

Abilene, TX

Client Training Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene education team by providing direct client assistance.

Abilene, TX

Employment Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene employment team by providing direct client assistance.

Abilene, TX

Economic Empowerment Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

port the IRC in Abilene economic empowerment team by providing office and direct client assistance.

Abilene, TX

ESL program volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

ESL Volunteers work with newly arrived refugees as they build their English language skills.

Abilene, TX

Financial Capabilities Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene financial coach by providing office and direct client assistance.

Abilene, TX

Volunteer Services Liaison

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene team to connect clients to volunteer tutors and mentors.

Abilene, TX

Donation Coordination

Start date: Ongoing

Support the IRC in Abilene team by helping to coordinate in-kind donations, donors and logistics.

Abilene, TX

Anti-Trafficking Research Assistant Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator by helping with research and data collection.

Volunteer process

  1. RSVP to and attend an information session.

  2. Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  3. Complete a volunteer application. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.You may be selected for an interview.

  4. Completing 2 reference checks and a background check.

  5. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $45 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. These donations can be made at the IRC in Abilene office during normal business hours. For inquiries regarding the donation specifically, please reach out to Jen at [email protected] or (325) 675-5643.

  6. Complete onboarding training and paperwork.

Additional things to note

Most positions require a 3 month volunteer commitment with 5 hours per week. If this is not feasible for you, please email us about our on-call opportunities or one-time group service opportunities. Internships are also available and can be applied for via the “careers” section on Rescue.org.

Please email [email protected] with questions.

Due to a wonderful, but overwhelming output of volunteer interest, our Information Sessions fill up quickly. If you know you are ready to volunteer with us, please complete the online volunteer application and email Jen at [email protected]. You will be contacted should we wish to bring you in for an interview.  All orientations take place at our office, located at: 3305 N 3rd. St. Suite 320 Abilene, TX 79603.