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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

In-Kind Donations Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The In-Kind Donations Volunteer or Intern will support the Reception and Placement and Community Relations team in providing in-kind donation support to help ensure newly arrived refugees have everything they need in their new homes.

Los Angeles, CA

Apartment Set-Up Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

This position is responsible for helping provide a warm welcome to newly arrived refugees by assisting caseworkers with the set-up of new apartments and homes for families.

Los Angeles, CA

ESL Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The ESL Volunteer will assist our ESL & Civics Instructor in providing English as a Second Language instruction and assistance to refugees and immigrants in the community.

Los Angeles, CA

Integration Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Integration Intern will assist the Integration Manager with providing programmatic support to our Integration Program, including Citizenship Classes, Financial Capability, and English as a Second Language.

Los Angeles, CA

Community Relations Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Community Relations Intern will work with IRC-LA's Community Relations Coordinator to improve the lives of refugees and immigrants by providing communications, advocacy, research, fundraising, events and volunteer coordination support.

Los Angeles, CA

Unaccompanied Children Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Unaccompanied Children's Program Intern will assist the Unaccompanied Children's Caseworker in providing case management to unaccompanied children who have been released from detention into the care of a sponsor. 

Los Angeles, CA

Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Center for Economic Opportunity helps low to moderate income (LMI) immigrants to the US build their knowledge on how to budget, save and access credit, while learning the intricacies of the US Financial system and developing long term financial skills for financial success. As part of the Integration Program in IRC Los Angeles, the CEO is implementing a new tool to connect immigrants to safe, secure trustworthy products to empower their success in the United States. The CEO Intern will work with the CEO Coordinator and the Integration Manager in deploying and expanding the work of the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity through a variety of outreach activities as well as close one-on-one work with clients.

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.

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

Early Employment Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Early Employment Volunteer will work with newly arrived refugees to assist them in securing their first job in America.

Los Angeles, CA

Events Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Events Volunteer or Intern will assist the Community Relations Coordinator with fundraising and community engagement efforts through the production of IRC events.

Los Angeles, CA

Graphic Design Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Graphic Design Volunteer or Intern will assist the Community Relations Coordinator in creating visually appealing graphics and social media content to highlight the work of the IRC.

Los Angeles, CA

Immigration Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Immigration Intern will work closely with the Immigration team to support refugees, asylees, and immigrants with immigration services.

Los Angeles, CA

Early Employment Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Early Employment Intern will assist the Reception and Placement team with helping newly arrived refugees thrive in Los Angeles through economic empowerment.

Los Angeles, CA

High School Opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Help support newly arrived refugees in your community by providing them with the resources, advocacy, and support necessary to thrive.

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

Immigration Volunteer - Armenian/Farsi

Start date: Ongoing

The Immigration Volunteer will support the Immigration Department in serving refugees and other immigrant members of the local community.

Los Angeles, CA

Financial Coaching Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Financial Coaching Volunteer supports the Center for Economic Opportunity 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. Farsi, Dari/Pashto or Spanish speakers especially needed!

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. RSVP to our next orientation session by signing up here.

  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.