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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in San Diego, 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 and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. Please include your top position choices.

  3. The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to invite you to a Volunteer Orientation session.

  4. After your application is reviewed and you have attended orientation, you may be selected for an interview.

  5. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks and reference 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, 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.

Additional things to note

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

Please email [email protected] with questions.