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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Los Angeles, CA, 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

Los Angeles, CA

Census Outreach Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Census Outreach volunteers will assist the IRC in reaching out to refugee and immigrant community members to provide crucial information regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.

Los Angeles, CA

Census Outreach Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Census Outreach Intern will assist the Census Outreach Coordinator with reaching out to the immigrant, refugee, and asylee community with crucial information regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.

Los Angeles, CA

Financial Coaching Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Financial Coaching Intern will assist the Financial Coach in working one on one with immigrant members of the community, including refugees, asylees and Unaccompanied Minors to broaden knowledge in Financial Literacy and empower immigrant women, children and families in the Los Angeles area to take control of their personal and family finances.

Fluency in Spanish is highly desired Experience in Financial Coaching, Financial Literacy or a background in financial matters is highly desirable Access to reliable transportation is highly preferred as meetings will take place at various Los Angeles Public Libraries Assist Financial Coach in conducting outreach

Los Angeles, CA

Reception and Placement Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Reception and Placement Intern will work with the Reception and Placement team to resettle newly arrived refugee families in Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles, CA

Financial Coaching Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Financial Coaching Volunteer supports the Economic Empowerment Program by working one on one with refugee, asylee, trafficking and other immigrants, including Unaccompanied Minors (UAC's) to learn the basics of building a budget, opening a bank account, and other aspects of financial literacy. Spanish speakers especially needed!

Los Angeles, CA

Reception and Placement Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Reception and Placement Volunteer will assist the Reception and Placement Caseworkers to resettle newly arrived refugees in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA

Front Desk/Intake Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Front Desk/Intake Volunteer will greet and direct all refugee and immigrant clients and provide support to the IRC LA staff.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. RSVP to our next orientation session by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].


  3. After you’ve attended a volunteer orientation session, we’ll send you a volunteer application to complete. You’ll be asked to submit 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. Complete a background check. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. 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, 89% 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. You're ready to get started! 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 High School Opportunities, please email [email protected]

Most positions require a 3 month volunteer commitment with 5 hours per week. If this is not feasible for you, please email us about our on-call, group or weekend/evening opportunities. 

Please email [email protected] with questions.

Due to a wonderful, but overwhelming output of volunteer interest, our Information Sessions fill up quickly. If you know you are ready to volunteer with us, please complete the online volunteer application and upload your resume. You will be contacted should we wish to bring you in for an interview.  All orientations take place at our office, located at: 625 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206