Virtual volunteer information session
Join us for an informational volunteer orientation session to learn more about the refugee resettlement process, the work of the IRC in Seattle, and the many ways you can get involved
Immigration Intern (Remote)
Support refugee and immigrant community members on their paths to permanent residency and US citizenship.
Economic Empowerment Intern
Help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States!
Sew face masks for our newest neighbors
Washington State will now require most people wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Help us keep our newest neighbors healthy & safe by sewing (or donating) cloth face coverings!
Group and on-call volunteering
Short-term service projects are a high-impact and flexible way to welcome refugees and immigrants to our community! Team up for a group service day, or sign up individually as an “on-call" volunteer.
Review our current available volunteer positions. Please note volunteer needs and current openings change regularly.
RSVP to our next virtual orientation session. At orientation you’ll learn about the refugee resettlement process, the work of the IRC in Seattle, and the many ways you can get involved as a volunteer.
After you’ve attended a volunteer orientation session, complete a volunteer application and sign up for a phone interview with our Volunteer Coordinator.
Complete a background check. The IRC kindly requests that volunteers contribute $35 toward the cost of this requirement. For positions that involve driving, a driving background check and proof of valid license and insurance are also required.
You're ready to get started! You'll receive further training from your department. In the case of in-home tutors and career mentors, you’ll be contacted when a program participant is ready to be matched with a volunteer.
Additional things to note
Most long-term volunteer positions require a 3-month commitment of 4 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). These volunteer opportunities take place in South King County, where the majority of IRC’s program participants live.
If a long-term volunteer role is not feasible for you, consider signing up for our “on-call” volunteer team by emailing [email protected]org or supporting newcomers in other ways. Check out our list of 10 ways to help refugee families in Washington for ideas.
If you are interested in providing pro-bono services or volunteering your professional skills outside of a typical volunteer role, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].