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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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Current opportunities

Denver, CO

ESL Volunteer Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Tutors will work one-on-one with a newly-arrived refugee individual to help build their English language skills.

Denver, CO

Front office assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The front office assistant will serve as the first point of contact with clients, partners and other visitors to the IRC in Denver. The assistant will also answer phones and help with day-to-day administrative tasks.

Denver, CO

On-call housing set-up volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers will help set-up a home for a newly-arriving refugee family or individual. Volunteers will be added to an on-call list.

Denver, CO

Airbnb Open Homes host

Start date: Ongoing

Team up with Airbnb and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to welcome refugees to Denver through Airbnb's Open Homes program. By becoming an Open Homes host, you can offer your extra space (like an empty in-law unit) to refugees in need of temporary housing at no cost.

Denver, CO

H.O.M.E. Program Team

Start date: Ongoing

The HOME Program pairs community and/or faith-based groups directly with refugee families resettled by the IRC in Denver. In collaboration with the IRC, HOME teams assist the Denver team to complete home set-ups, provide targeted financial assistance and offer ongoing mentorship to a refugee family for six months.

Denver, CO

Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their transition to life in the U.S. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.

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.