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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Atlanta, GA, 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

Atlanta, GA

Shop of Hope Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta—in partnership with community members like you—is committed to ensuring refugees and humanitarian parolees from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world integrate and thrive in their new communities here in Georgia. Please help us welcome our Afghan allies and newest neighbors by assisting with shopping at the Shop of Hope and obtaining critically needed goods as they rebuild their lives. Email us at [email protected]!

Atlanta, GA

Medical Logistics Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta—in partnership with community members like you—is committed to ensuring refugees and humanitarian parolees from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world integrate and thrive in their new communities here in Georgia. Please help us welcome our Afghan allies and newest neighbors by helping to transport and accompany newly arrived clients to specialty medical appointments as they rebuild their lives. Email us at [email protected] to find out how to get involved!

Atlanta, GA

Grocery Shopping Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta—in partnership with community members like you—is committed to ensuring refugees and humanitarian parolees from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world integrate and thrive in their new communities here in Georgia. Please help us welcome our Afghan allies and newest neighbors by helping newly arrived families as they rebuild their lives. The grocery shopping volunteer provides transportation and helps new arrivals with grocery shopping. Email us at [email protected] to find out how to get involved!

Atlanta, GA

Virtual Small Business Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

A start-up business is often successful because of the community support it receives. Virtual Small Business Mentors help to strengthen and expand small businesses, further developing a robust local economy. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta, GA

Donation Drive Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta—in partnership with community members like you—is working to ensure our clients have the resources they need to get through this trying time. Help us keep our newest neighbors safe and healthy by taking part in the collection of critically needed goods.

Atlanta, GA

Virtual Connect to Success Conversation Partner

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta’s Connect to Success (C2S) program is one of the only programs in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to supporting out-of-school refugee youth ages 16 to 24. C2S addresses the unique barriers to success faced by this population through holistic support, including one-on-one coaching and group workshops. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta, GA

Virtual Connect to Success Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta’s Connect to Success (C2S) program is one of the only programs in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to supporting out-of-school refugee youth ages 16 to 24. C2S addresses the unique barriers to success faced by this population through holistic support, including one-on-one coaching and group workshops. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta, GA

Virtual Youth Afterschool Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta's Youth Futures program provides daily homework help and academic assistance as well as college preparation support, enrichment and community service activities, opportunities to take field trips and participate in workshops, and more. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta, GA

Virtual English as a Second Language (ESL) Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s virtual English as a Second Language (ESL) classes assist refugee and immigrant adults to develop the language skills critical for success in our community. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta, GA

Fundraising Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta's Fundraising Volunteers launch and promote their own peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns to help ensure our new American neighbors have all the resources necessary to thrive in their new communities.

Volunteer process

  1. Select a volunteer position. You can view our current volunteer positions in the space above. When you know what you want to do or if you have questions about the positions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at  [email protected].

  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation. The Volunteer Coordinator can give you information on our upcoming orientation sessions. These short meetings will give introduce you to the IRC, our work in Atlanta, and how you can support our refugee community.

  3. Complete a background check. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $51 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. This step might add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

Additional things to note

For more information, and to learn about internships and group volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected].