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Volunteer opportunities

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

Sacramento, CA

Internship opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Current university students and recent graduates, apply your skills, gain hands-on experience, and impact lives.

Sacramento, CA

New Roots farm & community garden support volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Dig in with us! Support IRC gardening and food security initiatives.

Sacramento, CA

Client coordination volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

This integral role impacts every program and client within our office by supporting administrative and front desk operations!

Sacramento, CA

Housing & logistics volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist refugees by helping secure and set up their first homes in Sacramento.

Sacramento, CA

Donations volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist with outreach, coordination, receiving, and tracking of in-kind donations to support newly-arrived refugees.

Sacramento, CA

Occasional volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

One time support for specific projects, programs, and Saturday workshops!

Sacramento, CA

Refugee resettlement volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help refugees during their first 90 days as they establish new lives in the United States and integrate into the Sacramento community!

Sacramento, CA

Cultural orientation volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist refugees in learning the basics of life in Sacramento, jovially referred to as America 101.

Sacramento, CA

Health access volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help clients understand, navigate, and advocate for themselves within the U.S. heath care system.

Sacramento, CA

Refugee empowerment volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support and coach newly-arrived refugees in their employment journey.

Sacramento, CA

Vocational ESL teacher

Start date: Ongoing

Teach employment-related English classes and help clients prepare for and find jobs.

Sacramento, CA

Mommy & Me ESL volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Teach and support English-as-a-Second-Language learning mothers and preschool aged children.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.

  4. 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 $40 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.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.

Additional things to note

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

All ongoing positions require a minimum volunteer commitment of 3-6 hours per week for at least 4 months. If this is not feasible for you, please indicate your limited availability and we can invite you to join our occasional volunteers list for one-time evening & weekend opportunities.

Please email VolunteerSacramento@Rescue.org with questions.