Youth Academic Tutor
Volunteer as a Youth Academic Tutor to help newcomer students build academic skills and confidence!
Economic Empowerment Intern
Help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States!
Career Programs Volunteer
Help newcomers to the US build professional development skills and networks to help them achieve long-term career goals.
Job Readiness Class Volunteer
Help newly-arrived refugees prepare for their first job in the United States as a Job Readiness Volunteer!
Career Development Intern
Help refugee and immigrant community members take the next steps in their careers in the U.S.
Anti-Trafficking Casework Intern
Join our Anti-Trafficking team by supporting survivors of human trafficking in rebuilding their lives.
New Roots Garden Site Maintenance Volunteer
Passionate about gardening, food justice or farming? Support & maintain our Community Gardens!
New Roots Administrative Volunteer
Help build capacity for our New Roots team to carry out fieldwork.
Finance and administration volunteer
Help support IRC operations as a finance & administration volunteer.
Join the IRC's health and wellness team as a yoga instructor for older refugee community members.
Help welcome newcomers to our community by helping our office run smoothly and efficiently.
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 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] 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].