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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 opportunities in Turlock and Modesto

Start date: Ongoing

IRC Internships are available to current and recently graduated undergraduate or graduate students looking to apply their skills, gain real-world experience and impact lives.

Turlock, CA

Donations assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator, the Development and logistics assistant will help locate and organize goods for refugees and will assist with 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

Transportation orientation instructor

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Resettlement Manager, transportation orientation instructors teach basic skills to refugees about how to access public transportation in Stanislaus County. (Note: Volunteers do not need to have prior knowledge of local bus systems before beginning this role)

Turlock, CA

Family mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Mentors guide refugee through the resettlement process by visiting them, practicing English with them, helping them learn about basic finance, and driving them to appointments.

Turlock, CA

Child watch volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator, child watch volunteers will supervise refugee children while their parents are attending classes to help acquaint them with American life.

Turlock, CA

Cultural orientation instructor

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Resettlement Manager, cultural orientation instructors provide information about living in the U.S. to refugees and special immigrants to prepare them for life in the Central Valley.

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.

Turlock, CA

Front desk ambassador

Start date: Ongoing

Front desk ambassadors serve to welcome refugee clients to the IRC office and connect them with available services while assisting with various clerical duties.

Turlock, CA

Casework support

Start date: Ongoing

Under the supervision of the Casework Supervisor, casework support volunteers provide services and guidance for newly arrived refugees.

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.