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Volunteer opportunities

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

Tucson, AZ

Reception Services

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers assist in managing the reception area by greeting clients and referring them to appropriate staff within the organization.

Tucson, AZ

Financial Literacy Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help provide financial literacy education to refugee families. Volunteers will assist the Economic Development program team to help refugees better understand and plan for responsible financial planning.

Tucson, AZ

Community Garden Assistance

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers work with refugee clients participating in the Nutrition and Food Security Program to grow their own produce, gain agricultural skills and maintain their own garden plots.

Tucson, AZ

Medicine Garden Cultivator

Start date: Ongoing

The volunteer can cultivate for personal use, take home vegetables as available, and teach herbal medicine classes to participants.

Tucson, AZ

Center for Well-being - Sewing Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Center of Well-being is in need of a volunteer to teach a women’s sewing class.

Tucson, AZ

Family Nutrition Access Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Seeking volunteers to support our maternal & child health program by helping new and soon-to-be mothers access healthy foods.

Tucson, AZ

Garden Child Watch Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers to assist with childcare on the garden premises while parents attend a class in the same garden.

Tucson, AZ

Employment Readiness Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The digital literacy volunteer will work closely with EEU staff to train clients that are recently hired, looking for their first jobs, or advancing in their careers.

Tucson, AZ

Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers are paired with a refugee family and visit their home once a week to help them practice important life skills and improve English skills.

Tucson, AZ

Women's Sewing Club - Childcare

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers will assist with childcare during the sewing class so the women can focus on learning how to sew. Children may be infants through age 5. .

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Get to know IRC and attend a Volunteer Information Session. RSVP to our next session by sending an email to [email protected].

  3. After you’ve attended an information session, fill out an application online. Please note which volunteer position you would like to explore.

  4. The Volunteer Coordinator at IRC Tucson will contact you to set up a brief interview.

  5. Complete a background check. The IRC kindly asks volunteers to consider a suggested donation of $50 to help us toward the cost of this requirement. Note: In addition to the background check, some volunteer opportunities require a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card. Before applying, ensure that the suggested opportunity indeed requires a Fingerprint Clearance Card. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are valid for five years and offer clearance for the carrier to work with a multitude of vulnerable populations, not just IRC clients. New fingerprint clearance card applicants should apply under ARS 46-141.

  6. You're ready to get started! Depending on your role, you'll either receive further training from your in-office department or wait to be matched with a family to tutor and/or mentor.

Additional things to note

Please note the IRC takes great care to ensure our volunteers are properly screened, trained and placed in opportunities. It may take up to two months to get placed. The IRC in Tucson has a number of different volunteer opportunities available within all programs of our organization. Please take note that all positions posted may not be available at all times.