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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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Current opportunities

San Diego, CA

San Diego Internship Opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Academic internships currently available at the IRC in San Diego.

San Diego, CA

VITA Tax Preparation Volunteer

Start date: January 12, 2019

Assist low-income families and individuals with tax preparation

San Diego, CA

VITA 'Lead' Tax Preparation Volunteer

Start date: January 15, 2019

Lead a tax team for this year's VITA program! Serve as a point-person for volunteers and provide assistance as an IRC-certified tax preparer to help put millions of dollars back into the pockets of low-income San Diego Families!

San Diego, CA

VITA Tax Program Liaison

Start date: January 15, 2019

Support and promote this year's VITA program with community outreach and administration assistance!

San Diego, CA

Microenterprise Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Microenterprise Program Volunteer will provide both administrative and direct service support to the in-home childcare licensing program.

San Diego, CA

After School Tutor (High School)

Start date: Ongoing

Do you enjoy watching students achieve new heights? Do you have experience in high school curriculum? Consider tutoring a high school refugee.

San Diego, CA

Higher Learning Navigator

Start date: Ongoing

Witness refugee youth move closer towards their goals. Tutor a refugee student currently enrolled or enrolling into university.

San Diego, CA

Citizenship Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Would you like to help permanent residents applying for naturalization? Become an interview practice workshop tutor!

San Diego, CA

VITA Tax Program Outreach Specialist

Start date: Ongoing

Assist the IRC with community outreach for the VITA program

San Diego, CA

FarmWorks and Café Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC operates the Youth FarmWorks urban farm and pop-up farm stand and café each week as a job platform for youth interns to develop real-world work experience, while also generating revenue to sustain the program long-term.

San Diego, CA

Center for Financial Opportunity: Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Join our Center for Financial Opportunity to empower refugees and other community members trying to obtain and succeed in employment opportunities.

San Diego, CA

Immigration Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Are you passionate about the U.S. Immigration system? Help our clients apply for U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, petition family members, family reunification, DACA, and much more.

San Diego, CA

Employment Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Perfect your resume building and job search skills as you support clients looking for their first job!

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 $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.

  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. For High School Opportunities, please email [email protected] or see our Youth Ambassador Program page.

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.