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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

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

Seattle, WA

Career Development Intern (Remote)

Start date: September 1, 2020

Help refugee and immigrant community members take the next steps in their careers in the U.S.

Seattle, WA

Youth Tutor Program Intern (Remote)

Start date: September 21, 2020

The vision of the IRC Seattle Youth Program is that refugee youth will have the skills and resources necessary to pursue a future of opportunity. You can help newly-arrived refugee youth catch up on their education and navigate especially difficult virtual learning environments due to COVID-19, as a Youth Tutor Program Intern!

Seattle, WA

Virtual Youth Academic Tutor

Start date: October 1, 2020

Volunteer as a Remote Youth Academic Tutor to help newcomer students build academic skills and confidence!

Seattle, WA

Immigration Intern (Remote)

Start date: Ongoing

Support refugee and immigrant community members on their paths to permanent residency and US citizenship.

Seattle, WA

Assemble back to school kits for newcomer students

Start date: Ongoing

Support refugee and immigrant youth as they learn from home with the IRC in Seattle's virtual youth program this fall.

Seattle, WA

Sew face masks for our newest neighbors

Start date: Ongoing

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!

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.

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].