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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.

Current opportunities

Tucson, AZ

Training Instructor: Job Class / Cultural Orientation

Start date: December 1, 2017

Volunteers assist in providing classroom instruction to newly arrived refugees.

Tucson, AZ

Donation Transportation Support

Start date: January 1, 2018

Volunteers help the Development Coordinator with donation collection, donation distribution, & community outreach.

Tucson, AZ

Citizenship Fair Volunteers

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers assist in the citizenship fair and filling out applications with training from the IRC's Immigration and Citizenship Services.

Tucson, AZ

"Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" Volunteer - Day of Event

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers assist in hosting a simulation exercise for individuals to gain insight into the lives of refugees around the world.

Tucson, AZ

"Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" Volunteer - Planning Committee

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers assist in a planning committee for the "Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes" event; a simulation exercise for individuals to gain insight into the lives of refugees around the world.

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

Resettlement Store and Donations Support

Start date: Ongoing

Assist the Resource Development staff in bringing and organizing community resources and distributing them to refugees clients.

Tucson, AZ

Center for Well-being Program Assistance

Start date: Ongoing

Volunteers assist with providing services that promote wellness and help clients access healthcare services that address their physical and psychological needs.

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

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.

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.