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Volunteer opportunities

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

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Financial Literacy Support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision and direction of the Financial Coach, the Financial Literacy Intern will assist in the implementation of a multi-faceted program to expose newly arrived refugees and immigrants to basic financial literacy skills and develop economic self-sufficiency.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Vocational ESL Support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision and direction of the VESL Instructor, the Vocational ESL Intern will provide English instruction and vocational training to newly arrived refugees.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Volunteer and Donations Support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator, the Volunteer and Donations Support Intern will assist with locating and organizing goods for refugees and planning and implementing events that benefit IRC clients.

Turlock, CA

ESL classroom aide

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Vocational English as a Second Language instructor, classroom aides will assist with individual instruction in English classes to newly arrived refugees.

Turlock, CA

Donations delivery assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the volunteer and donations coordinator, donation delivery assistants transport groceries and toiletries to the homes of refugees and special immigrants living in Central California.

Turlock, CA

Interpretation support

Start date: Ongoing

Interpretation support volunteers connect with clients and IRC staff via virtual platforms (i.e. phone, FaceTime, Google Hangout, Skype, Whats App, Zoom) to provide support for IRC programming.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Economic Empowerment

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision and direction of the Employment Supervisor, the Economic Empowerment Intern will help with a range of activities to help prepare refugees and other survivors of conflict for their first jobs in the United States.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Casework Support/Housing

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Resettlement Manager, casework support interns provide services and guidance for newly arrived refugees and assist with locating housing for them.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Immigration Support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision and direction of the Immigration Caseworker, the Immigration Support Intern will help immigrants attain residency and citizenship in the United States and promote civics outreach activities throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Turlock, CA

INTERNSHIP: Health Outreach Support

Start date: Ongoing

Health Outreach Interns support a grant-funded program to provide refugees and other survivors of conflict and persecution with COVID-19 safety information, testing, vaccine information and assistance with cultural sensitivity and in-language support.

Turlock, CA

Employment services support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision and direction of the Employment Supervisor, volunteers help with a range of activities to help prepare refugee clients for their first jobs in the United States.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.

  4. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $40 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check. For high school and youth opportunities, please email [email protected].

Most positions require a 4 month volunteer commitment with 6 hours per week. If this is not feasible for you, please email us about our on-call opportunities.

Please email [email protected] with questions.

If you know you are ready to volunteer with us, please complete the online volunteer application and upload your resume. You will be contacted should we wish to bring you in for an interview.

We hold volunteer orientations in both our Turlock and Modesto offices. Addresses for those offices are as follows: IRC in Turlock, 2925 Niagra St., Suite 6, Turlock, CA 95382; IRC in Modesto, 1209 Woodrow Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.