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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Denver, CO, 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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How to become an IRC volunteer

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to our community. By volunteering with the IRC in Denver, CO, 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.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Complete the Volunteer Interest Form

  3. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding potential volunteer opportunities as they become available and may schedule a phone or in-person interview. Please note:  Due to the wonderful community response to the needs of refugees from those in the community wishing to volunteer with the IRC in Denver, we are unable to contact everyone who completes the Volunteer Interest Form and cannot invite everyone to apply.  We will give every offer of help careful consideration.  

  4. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background check. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $49 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 can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day. Depending on your role, you'll either receive further training from your in-office department or wait to be matched with a family to tutor and/or mentor.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check.

Most positions require a 3-6 month volunteer commitment of 2-10 hours per week. 

We currently do not have any youth positions available.