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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in New York, NY, 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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New York, NY

Peer Mentor, Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA)

Start date: July 1, 2019

The Refugee Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on the English literacy, math, and learning skills newly arrived refugee, asylee and other vulnerable immigrant youth need to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public system. Students participate in academic and physical education classes, as well as creative arts programming, including theater, music and dance.

New York, NY

Refugee Youth Summer Academy Photographer

Start date: July 1, 2019

The Photographer will create high-quality stock photos for the IRC’s internal and external purposes, including newsletters, funder reports and RYSA yearbook. The Photographer will work as needed on-site at the Summer Academy. The Photographer will work collaboratively with the Yearbook Coordinator and Graphic Designer to ensure the Academy is well-documented and the Yearbook is a valued item of memorabilia for students and families.

New York, NY

Graphic Designer

Start date: July 1, 2019

The Graphic Designer will design and put together 2019 RYSA Yearbook, working in collaboration with the Yearbook Coordinator and volunteer RYSA Photographer(s). The Graphic Designer will work part-time as needed on-site at the Summer Academy and participate in project meetings at the IRC in NY office. The Photographer will work collaboratively with the Yearbook Coordinator and Photographer, assist with yearbook responsibilities, and meet the required yearbook deadlines.

New York, NY

New Roots Support Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The New Roots Intern will help with food production and maintenance at NRCF and NRGs. In addition to food production, the intern will assist with market, educational and community activities. This position works directly with the Food and Agriculture Coordinator.

New York, NY

Front Desk Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Front Desk Volunteer will provide coverage for the reception desk, greet and direct client walk-ins, and schedule client appointments with appropriate staff.  He/she will answer the IRC in New York’s main telephone line, direct incoming calls as appropriate and assess documentation of clients to determine program eligibility. The Front Desk Volunteer will provide additional clerical assistance and support to IRC staff in the New York regional office.   

Volunteer process

  1. Review our volunteer positions and select your top three choices. Make sure to note EXACT desired titles offered.

  2. Complete a volunteer application.  Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted if your interests, availability, and skills match current openings.  **Please note we receive a high volume of applications and only top candidates are contacted.**

  3. If you are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to follow additional steps. Upon completion of a successful interview, we will run references.  To protect clients, we require a background check for all volunteers. We ask that you make a minimum contribution of $50 to offset the high cost of a background check.  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. The background check process and confirmation from IRC, may take 1-2 weeks.

  4. Once cleared, you will be required to attend an orientation and training.

Additional things to note

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. For High School opportunities, email [email protected]