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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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Current opportunities

San Jose, CA

Immigration Support

Start date: Ongoing

Help clients apply for permanent residency, citizenship, family reunification and more.

San Jose, CA

Resettlement Support

Start date: Ongoing

Help refugee clients settle into their new lives in San Jose

San Jose, CA

Employment Support

Start date: Ongoing

Support recently arrived refugees prepare for employment here in the San Jose area.

San Jose, CA

Economic Empowerment Support

Start date: Ongoing

Help recently arrived refugees become financially self-sufficient

San Jose, CA

Citizenship Workshop Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers will assist clients as they complete their citizenship applications.

San Jose, CA

Internships San Jose

Start date: Ongoing

The IRC’s San Jose office offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities! Take a look at our positions available this fall!

San Jose, CA

HOME Team Volunteers

Start date: Ongoing

Help families get a great start to their new lives here in San Jose. Teams will support families by fundraising for housing subsidy, setting up their new home, and connecting them to new community resources.

San Jose, CA

Donation Outreach Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help meet donation needs for recently arrived refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.

San Jose, CA

Vocational English Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help clients strengthen their English skills to help them secure their first job.

San Jose, CA

Job Club Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Work one-on-one with clients to help them obtain gainful employment.

San Jose, CA

Professional Mentor Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Provide guidance to refugees, ayslees, and immigrants to advance their careers in the United States.

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.