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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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Atlanta, GA

Connect to Success Tutors

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteer tutors support refugee youth and young adults as they prepare for standardized tests such as the GED and SAT.

Atlanta, GA

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help newly-arrived refugees rapidly learn English so that they can secure employment and perform the daily tasks necessary for their family's well-being.

Atlanta, GA

On-Call Donations Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC in Atlanta is frequently offered large donations that require pickups. Work with the Donations Coordinator and Logistics Department in picking up and delivering donations from donors and to clients.

Atlanta, GA

English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s EL/Civics classes help non-native English speakers develop their language ability, increase their understanding of US civics, and build their workplace readiness skills so that they can become active in their community as they pursue personal career pathways.

Atlanta, GA

Women's Literacy Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s women's literacy program provides curriculum tailored to the specific needs of newly-arrived women and their families, including financial literacy, medical and housing issues, and employment skills.

Atlanta, GA

Vocational English as a Second Language (VESOL) Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s VESOL class helps refugee students improve their English ability and prepare for employment by using workplace contexts, vocabulary, and practice.

Atlanta, GA

Computer Literacy Class Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC's computer literacy class provides essential skills for students who have had little or no experience working with computers before.

Atlanta, GA

Child Care Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC's child care supports other weekday education programs as parents are able to attend classes while their children play, rest, and learn some English and songs.

Atlanta, GA

Youth Afterschool Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

IRC’s Afterschool Program is designed for refugee and American students in grades 7 to 12. The program provides academic assistance, helps youth transition into their new homes and schools, and builds leadership skills.

Atlanta, GA

Resettlement Shop Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Work in this thrift-shop environment helping refugees choose clothing and house wares that they need.

Atlanta, GA

Professional Mentorship Program

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers help individuals advance their career through work readiness workshops, career counseling, assistance with training program enrollments, and job upgrades.

Atlanta, GA

Connect to Success Conversation Partners

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers support refugee youth and young adults as they learn English and adapt to life in the United States.

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].