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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Seattle, WA, 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

Seattle, WA

Immigration Intern

Start date: June 1, 2022

Join our Immigration team this summer as an intern and support refugee and immigrant community members on their paths to permanent residency and US citizenship.

Seattle, WA

New Roots Farm Assistant Intern

Start date: June 1, 2022

Join the New Roots team over the summer as a Farm Assistant intern!

Seattle, WA

New Roots Community Garden Intern

Start date: June 1, 2022

Join our New Roots this summer as a Community Garde Intern!

Seattle, WA

Youth Roots Program Summer Intern

Start date: June 20, 2022

Join our New Roots team this summer as a Youth Roots intern! Youth Roots is a program that engages and builds with youth who are passionate about food justice, land justice, and sustainability.

Seattle, WA

On-call Business Finance Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Support refugee and immigrant business owners with business finances on an ad hoc basis!

Seattle, WA

Volunteer Medical or Psychological Evaluator

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteer evaluators are independently licensed medical or mental healthcare providers who conduct medical or psychological evaluations for survivors of persecution and trauma who are seeking humanitarian immigration relief (i.e. asylum) in the United States and who do not have the resources to obtain a standard (paid) evaluation.

Seattle, WA

Family Wellness Program Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Join our Family Wellness program as an intern!

Seattle, WA

On-call Media and Marketing Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Are you experienced in marketing or media? Help a newcomer business owner with business promotion!

Seattle, WA

Group and on-call volunteering

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Seattle, WA

Virtual volunteer information session

Start date: Ongoing

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

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions. Please note volunteer needs and current openings change regularly.

  2. 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. 

                              

  3. After you’ve attended a volunteer orientation session, complete a volunteer application and sign up for a phone interview with our Volunteer Coordinator.

  4. 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.

  5. 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] 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].