Youth Coaches will work 1-1 with youth ages 15-24 to navigate academic and career-related interests, while developing a greater sense of belonging in their new communities.
Community Interpretation Volunteer
The Community Interpretation Volunteer will assist the Community Interpreter Program (CIP) program manager in scheduling appointments with appropriate interpreters, taking into consideration interpreter’s availability, training, experience, past performance, and familiarity with client’s needs and identify potential candidates for community interpreter training to recruit them to the CIP at an appropriate time. In the absence of the CIP Manager, undertake other CIP duties as needed and as assigned by program Manager.
Work directly with a refugee family or individual to ease their transition to the Washington, DC Metro area and the United States.
Housing Set-up Volunteer
Help our Logistics Specialist prepare for a family to arrive by setting up their apartment.
Refugee Welcome Home Project Volunteer
Lead an effort to fully furnish and set-up a home for a refugee family arriving to Maryland.
Internships give you the chance to get deeply involved in refugee resettlement work. Interns play a pivotal role in supporting locally resettled refugees and leave their internships having built professional experience preparing them for a career in a nonprofit.
How to become an IRC volunteer
Update 3/18/2020: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRC has suspended all on-site volunteer and intern activities at the IRC office and in client homes effective 5pm on Friday March 13 to Friday April 3. Until further notice, all volunteer orientations and trainings will be held remotely. Interested volunteers are welcome to initiate the volunteer onboarding process so that, when normal operations resume, they will be prepared to begin volunteering.
The IRC is exploring remote volunteer opportunities and will provide more detail as soon as possible. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Fill out this form to attend a volunteer orientation. You will receive a reminder the week of your scheduled orientation. All orientations take place at our office, located at: 8719 Colesville Road, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Update 3/18/2020: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice, all volunteer orientations and trainings will be held remotely.
After attending a volunteer orientation, you will receive an email from the Volunteer Coordinator with instructions for how to get involved in each volunteer opportunity including completing a background check. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $30 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 87% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible.
Additional things to note
Most volunteer opportunities require volunteers to be 18 years or older and complete a background check.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.