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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Oakland, 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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Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Attend an information session. To attend a session, you can RSVP here for the session on April 18, and here for the session on May 16. All Info Sessions are held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at our office in Oakland.

  3. After you’ve attended an information session, we’ll send you a volunteer application to complete.

  4. As volunteer opportunities become available, you may be contacted to schedule a phone or in-person interview.

  5. Complete and clear a background check.

  6. If selected, you will be contacted with information about next steps.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check. 

Due to the high volume of people reaching out, we are currently prioritizing volunteers who have weekday availability between Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 p.m. We do have a significant waitlist for volunteer opportunities at the moment. We encourage any potential volunteers who do not have weekday availability to view our How Can I Help or Take Action page before signing up for an Info Session.

For more information, contact Volunteer & Donations Coordinator, [email protected].