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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Boise, ID, 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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COVID-19 update regarding volunteer opportunities:

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Idaho Governor Little's stay-home order, the IRC in Boise office is closed and staff will be serving refugee and immigrant communities remotely as of Thursday, March 25th. The IRC in Boise is suspending many volunteer activities at this time to help protect staff, clients, and volunteers from community spread. Select, remote volunteer opportunities may be continued and advertised for at this webpage. 

Information/Orientation sessions are thus suspended at this time; however, you may still submit a volunteer application to be reviewed for a remote volunteer opportunity or for when normal programming resumes. 

Without our volunteers and their generous efforts, the work at the IRC in Boise not be possible. Thank you for your interest in continuing that work.

We have three tracks for individuals interested in volunteering with the IRC: in-office volunteer opportunities, student internships (click here to view our current internship openings), and the Friendship Partner Program. 

Volunteer process

  1. *NOTE: Information sessions currently suspended due ot the COVID-19 outbreak.  

    Learn more about getting involved with the IRC in Boise by attending one of our open information sessions held each month. Information sessions are located at the IRC in Boise's office. Click here to RSVP to our next information session. 

    Attendance at an information session is mandatory prior to starting a volunteer position with the IRC in Boise. 

  2. After attending an information session, you will be invited to complete a volunteer application and submit online. *NOTE: during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may submit an online volunteer application identifying your willingness to volunteer in a remote capacity. Your application will be considered for remote volunteer positions as they arise. 

  3. Once you have submitted your volunteer application, the Community Engagement Specialist will review your skills, availability, and top three volunteer position preferences.

    For most volunteer positions, an interview will be required prior to placement into the team, so be on the lookout for an invitation to interview. 

  4. Complete a background check; the IRC kindly requests that volunteers contribute $45 towards the cost of this requirement. Once your background check has cleared, the Community Engagement Specialist will contact you to discuss your start date. 

  5. Please be aware that due to increased interest and the COVID-19 outbreak, it may take 2-4 months to process your application and pair you with a volunteer position with IRC. If your volunteering needs are time sensitive, please note this on your application.    

    For more information, contact [email protected].

Friendship Partner Program

*NOTE: the Friendship Partner program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, you may still submit your volunteer application for this volunteer opportunity to be considered when regular activities are safe to resume. Thank you for your continued interest! 

The Friendship Partner program is an opportunity for Idahoans of all backgrounds and newly-arrived refugees to build bridges of understanding, cross-cultural learning, and friendship. We match interested volunteers with newly-arrived refugee families to help ease their transition into their new community. Mentors focus on refugees' English acquisition, adjustment to American culture, and integration into the local community, while learning about the culture and language of the refugee family. 

Time Commitment: This volunteer position requires a 3-6 month long commitment with 2-4 hours of engagement with the matched family per week. This position is a great match for families or people who cannot volunteer within traditional 9am-5pm office hours. 

Application Process: If you are interested in becoming a Friendship Partner, there is a separate application and onboarding process outlined below: 

1. Click  here to submit an application. Please write "Friendship Partner" in the box asking your "top three position choices." 

2. Click here to register for an upcoming Friendship Partner Orientation at the IRC in Boise with our partners, Glocal Community Partners. 

3. After attending an orientation, our Friendship Partner Program Coordinator will reach out to you to confirm your interest in being matched with a family. 

4. A background check will be sent to you via email from IRC's partner, Hireright. Background checks through this agency are a mandatory part of qualifying to become a Friendship Partner. We kindly request a donation in the amount of $45 to go towards the cost of the background check, though payment is not required. 

5. The Friendship Partner Program Coordinator will arrange an initial introduction meeting between the two new Friendship Partner families! 

Questions about the program? Email our volunteer Friendship Partner Program Coordinator at: [email protected]