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Volunteer opportunities

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

Wichita, KS

Case management intern

Start date: Ongoing

Interns will support the ICM Caseworker by providing valuable services to clients based on need. Interns will collaborate with the ICM caseworker to establish and develop programs, and leading group classes with clients. S/he may also help with administrative tasks. Must be comfortable working with clients in emotional situations.

Wichita, KS

Job Readiness Training (JRT) Teacher-Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Employment/JRT volunteer will work with IRC’s Employment Specialist and JRT Coordinator to provide basic employment and job readiness training for refugee clients upon their arrival.

Wichita, KS

Immigration Services Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist the IRC Immigration team in providing high-quality, low-cost immigration services and citizenship assistance.

Wichita, KS

Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Administrative Assistant Volunteer serves as the 1st point of contact for clients and visitors of the IRC. Volunteers will learn to thrive in a multicultural environment by working and communicating with speakers of different languages.

Wichita, KS

Refugee Resettlement Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

work with resettlement staff on initial reception services to clients. When refugees arrive in the U.S., the Resettlement and Placement team arranges housing and provides assistance in applying for public benefits and services, orientation to the community, and other services as needed.

Wichita, KS

After School Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

After-school mentors work with a group of refugee and immigrant high schools to support homework completion and lead other activities to develop leadership skills.

Wichita, KS

Cultural Orientation Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Teach Cultural Orientation classes, where newly arrived refugees learn about the basics of life in the U.S. Wide-ranging topics such as emergency services, transportation, and school are covered so that refugees can begin to thrive in their new environment. Volunteers will also help newly arrived refugees explore their neighborhoods and provide follow-up support for individuals needing additional one-on-one assistance.

Wichita, KS

Housing Set-up Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Assist IRC staff to prepare and furnish apartments for new refugee families.

Wichita, KS

Housing Specialist

Start date: Ongoing

Help the IRC's case worker submit housing applications, organize and schedule appointments to view houses, and case-note meetings,. Assist with outreach to new landlords and strengthening relationships with current landlords. Home visits to train families on household maintenance and cleaning. Reports to a case worker.

Wichita, KS

Refugee Advocate - ICM

Start date: Ongoing

Assist clients in accessing appointments and help them to navigate various community resources. Volunteers must be comfortable working with clients in emotional situations and with advocating for clients as they navigate locating resources to meet their needs.

Wichita, KS

English Language Training (ELT) Instructor - Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newly arrived refugees learn English! The IRC's daily ELT classes provide clients with beginning to intermediate level lesson taught by volunteer instructors.

Wichita, KS

Resettlement Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newly arrived refugees integrate into their community!

Wichita, KS

Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their adaptation to life in the United States. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.

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. 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.