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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Salt Lake City, UT, 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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Salt Lake City, UT

Student Support Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support refugee students in the Salt Lake City area with their school work by providing basic academic and tech support for grades K-12.

Salt Lake City, UT

Cultural Orientation Childcare Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC Cultural Orientation Childcare Volunteer will help supervise children while their parents are attending Cultural Orientation training. Volunteers help entertain and educate children under the supervision of IRC staff.

Salt Lake City, UT

New Roots Farm Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support refugee farmers earning income through their small farm business by assisting with harvest, weeding, and other land management tasks.

Salt Lake City, UT

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Receive free vegetables when you help pack and prep refugee-grown produce for the New Roots weekly farm box program (CSA).

Salt Lake City, UT

New Roots Farmer's Market Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

New Roots SLC operates 3 farmers markets in Salt Lake County that center refugee and immigrant farmers and food businesses. The markets are fresh food resources rooted in the communities they serve. Each market focuses on locally grown fruits and vegetables, the sharing of community resources, and is a space for new businesses to learn best practices for direct-to-consumer sales. New Roots farmers markets are spaces for all to learn about health, nutrition, and overall wellness for the whole family.

Salt Lake City, UT

Spice to Go Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help refugee, immigrant and low-income Utahns share their amazing food with the community! Shifts are Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm for volunteers 14 or older.

Salt Lake City, UT

Health Access Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Going to the doctor's office can be daunting for those of us born in the US, but think about how confusing it can be for those who are new to Utah. We are looking for volunteers with a flexible schedule that can assist refugees as they access the health care system.

Salt Lake City, UT

WIC Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Come support parents of young children and pregnant clients access healthy foods.

Salt Lake City, UT

Housing Support Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

New refugees are arriving and we need support with setting up their new homes. Be part of making refugees welcome in Utah!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires all volunteers who are interested in providing in-person support for our work to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be onboarded for the position. Virtual-only volunteer opportunities may be available if proof of vaccine is not provided.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Plan to attend a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the IRC SLC. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

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

  4. The volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding potential volunteer opportunities as they become available. We are working to swiftly onboard community volunteers; however, please expect 4-6 weeks to ensure processing, including submission of needed documents, completing background checks, and connecting to your program of interest.

  5. 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.

  6. Track your volunteer hours and remember to submit them monthly to the volunteer coordinator. Recorded volunteer hours help us meet critical grant requirements, ensuring funding year after year. 

Additional things to note

Are you interested in volunteer opportunities for your organization? Learn more about our community and corporate partnership opportunities here. 

Learn more about our group volunteer opportunities here.

Additional questions? Email us at [email protected].