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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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Volunteer process

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

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.

  4. 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.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.

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.