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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

COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the IRC in Denver. Volunteers play a vital role in our office's ability to welcome and serve refugees and immigrants in our community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has continued to provide support to our newest American neighbors and has worked to modify services to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and interns. Due to the modification of services, we currently have fewer in-person opportunities for new volunteers. We will continue to update this page as new opportunities become available, but in the meantime, please click here to learn more about all the ways you can support our refugee and immigrant neighbors.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Register to attend an upcoming information session.

  3. After you’ve attended an information session, we’ll send you a volunteer application to complete. You’ll be asked to return a completed application prior to your volunteer interview.

  4. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding potential volunteer opportunities as they become available and may schedule a phone or in-person interview.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. For youth volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected].

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

Please email [email protected] with questions.