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Volunteer opportunities

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

Financial Literacy Volunteer Instructor

Start date: Ongoing

For IRC clients to become fully self-sufficient, they must be taught financial literacy. Financial Literacy Instructors are responsible for teaching monthly workshops on topics such as credit, banking, and budgeting. These modules are critical to help new Americans understand the basics of the American financial system.

San Jose, CA

Youth Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Thank you for your interest in assisting refugees and asylees in our community. By volunteering with the IRC San Jose, you can share your unique experience and skills directly with IRC clients. Volunteer support is an integral part of the IRC's mission to provide opportunities for refugees to thrive in San Jose. The BRIDGE Youth Program is a youth mentoring program that pairs refugee youth aged 15-24 with members of their community that support their academic, professional, and community development in their new homes. This position reports to the Youth Connections Coach.

San Jose, CA

Donations & CIK Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Meeting our clients’ material needs are a critical part of the resettlement process in the United States. Donations from hygiene supplies to bicycles and laptops affect their ability to be employed, their access to public services, and integration with the community. Volunteers will assist the Volunteer & Donations Coordinator with outreach, the intake and inventory of in-kind donations and the preparation/delivery of said goods to our clients. Volunteers will work with IRC Staff to identify what items clients need and strategize how to meet these needs with the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator. Volunteers will also assist in valuation of goods, tracking of distributions, and drafting reports to assure grant compliance regarding donation requirements. This position reports to the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator.

San Jose, CA

Volunteer Coordination Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing

This position will help support the Volunteer Coordinator’s efforts to recruit, train, and support volunteers at the IRC San Jose office. This position allows for great learning regarding the use of popular platforms (e.g. Salesforce, Handshake, Linkedin, etc.) and responsibility on part of the volunteer to build community support in order to provide the necessary support to staff for the successful completion of program deliverables and client services. This is an excellent position for those looking to gain a broader understanding of work in the nonprofit sector and make a large impact in the work of the IRC. This position reports to the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator and requires a minimum 8 hr/week commitment.

San Jose, CA

Citizenship Workshop Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers will assist clients as they complete their citizenship applications.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter to the application. To expedite the application process, fill in the “Interests and Questions” section as completely as possible. IRC staff will contact you when there is an available placement matching your skills, interests and availability.

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

  4. After phone interview, you will complete an interview with IRC staff.

  5. After accepting a volunteer position offer, complete an online background check. To protect our clients, volunteers are asked to complete a background check, and we ask volunteers to contribute $40.00 to offset its costs. All IRC volunteer opportunities are contingent on the results of the background check. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast. 

  6. 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.

Most of our volunteer opportunities take place during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  The minimum commitment for all opportunities is 6+hrs a week for 4 months. The 4-month minimum commitment ensures ample time for volunteers to move beyond training and into meaningful work. Additionally, it provides stability to our clients’ lives as they can expect to work with the same volunteer consistently. 

For individuals whose schedules do not permit for a regular commitment, we have flexible opportunities (after normal business hours & weekends). Currently, these opportunities are for our Citizenship Workshops. 

Due to the high volume of interest, we are unable to respond to phone, drop-in or other individual inquiries regarding current opportunities.