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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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Denver, CO

Volunteer Coordination Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

This volunteer position will support the volunteer and donations team with the onboarding of new volunteers and interns and with the ongoing maintenance of volunteer and intern programs at the IRC in Denver. This role is vital in supporting the IRC's ability to serve newly-arrived refugee families and other vulnerable immigrant groups.

Denver, CO

Resettlement Support Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

An on-call volunteer position supporting newly arrived clients to meet their basic needs. Resettlement Support volunteers can sign up for tasks such as delivering items to client home, transporting clients to appointments or to purchase food and clothing, setting up temporary housing, or creating welcome boxes.

Denver, CO

Food Program Delivery Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Seeking volunteer delivery drivers who will work with our partner, Village Exchange Center, using their easy-to-navigate food delivery application to deliver bags of fresh produce, toiletries, meals, and more to Afghan clients each week. 

Denver, CO

Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Support one-on-one as a mentor and help ease a refugee family or individual’s transition into their new community. Mentors will focus on a refugee’s English acquisition, socialization of American culture, and integration into the local community. Based on each client’s needs and relationship, mentors and mentees can cook together, schedule follow-up medical appointments, visit local attractions, parks, farmer’s markets, the library and museums. Mentors may also support in opening bank accounts, learning where to pay bills, navigating transportation, and more. Mentors and mentees will establish boundaries and expectations in an initial meeting with an IRC staff member and interpreter in order to better understand needs.

Denver, CO

New Roots Garden Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The New Roots Volunteers work with refugee clients from differing backgrounds and skills to support them in their gardening journey. It is an opportunity for our newest neighbors to grow food to feed their families and reconnect with their cultural heritage and new communities.

Denver, CO

Moving and Storage Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Moving and Storage Volunteer will manage and track in-bound and out-bound furniture inventory, picking up furniture at donor locations, delivering to IRC Storage or to apartments and homes of IRC refugee clients.,

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. Attend a virtual General Information Session, held monthly.  Sign up here 

  2. Following the information session, you will be sent a link to our online application where you will enter your contact information and indicate the position you are applying for

  3. We will review all applications and reach out to those who we are able to interview. Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we may not be able to respond to everyone who applies and there may be a delay in our response to those we wish to interview, according to current changing needs. 

  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.

  5. Once cleared, you will be assigned a supervisor who will orient and train you for your assigned tasks

Additional things to note

*All volunteers and staff of the IRC in Denver must show proof of vaccination against the COVID virus

*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.