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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

Youth Academic Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

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

Seattle, WA

Economic Empowerment Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States!

Seattle, WA

Career Programs Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newcomers to the US build professional development skills and networks to help them achieve long-term career goals.

Seattle, WA

Job Readiness Class Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newly-arrived refugees prepare for their first job in the United States as a Job Readiness Volunteer!

Seattle, WA

Career Development Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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

Seattle, WA

Anti-Trafficking Casework Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Join our Anti-Trafficking team by supporting survivors of human trafficking in rebuilding their lives.

Seattle, WA

New Roots Garden Site Maintenance Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Passionate about gardening, food justice or farming? Support & maintain our Community Gardens!

Seattle, WA

New Roots Administrative Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help build capacity for our New Roots team to carry out fieldwork.

Seattle, WA

Finance and administration volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help support IRC operations as a finance & administration volunteer.

Seattle, WA

Yoga Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Join the IRC's health and wellness team as a yoga instructor for older refugee community members.

Seattle, WA

Administrative assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Help welcome newcomers to our community by helping our office run smoothly and efficiently.

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 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].