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.
On-call housing set-up volunteer
Volunteers will help set-up a home for a newly-arriving refugee family or individual. Volunteers will be added to an on-call list.
Airbnb Open Homes host
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.
H.O.M.E. Program Team
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.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program volunteer
This upcoming tax season, the IRC in Denver will sponsor free tax preparation services for refugees, asylees and Special Immigration Visa holders in our community.
Language assistance/interpreter volunteer
Language assistance volunteers will support the IRC in Denver team with occasional/on-call interpretation and translation.
Volunteer services liaison
The volunteer services liaison will support the IRC in Denver team to connect clients to volunteer tutors and mentors. Ensure mentor/tutor pairings and first meetings happen in a timely matter.
Front office assistant
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.
Review our current available volunteer positions.
Register to attend an upcoming information session.
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.
The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding potential volunteer opportunities as they become available and may schedule a phone or in-person interview.
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.
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.