Help provide much-needed security and opportunity to refugees and immigrants in the U.S. by assisting with IRC's Citizenship Workshops.
Applying for citizenship can be a daunting process for refugees and immigrants. As a volunteer, you will assist clients with completing their citizenship applications (N-400) and fee waiver (I-912) or reduced fee (I-942) requests.
Various locations throughout the East Bay. Currently, we have a quarterly workshop at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord in addition to several occasional workshops on weekends and/or evenings at other locations.
Flexible, no fixed time commitment. Workshops are usually evenings or weekends.
Assist clients with the paperwork needed to obtain citizenship. Attend a comprehensive training session to learn about citizenship paperwork.
Detail-oriented with an understanding of cross-cultural communication. Ability to handle sensitive information.
How to Apply
Fill out an application online. If you're a good fit for this opportunity, someone will be in touch with you. For any questions, please contact Koby Heramil at Koby.Heramil [at] rescue.org (subject: Inquiry%3A%20Citizenship%20Workshop%20Assistant, body: Name%3A%20%0AEmail%3A%20%0AContact%20Number%3A%0AMessage%3A)
Importance of Citizenship
Becoming a U.S. citizen opens the door to many new opportunities, but a surprising number of eligible individuals do not apply because they are intimidated by the lengthy application process and don't know where to get help. Apply to volunteer today so you can help vulnerable populations access all the privileges and protections that come along with being an American citizen including:
- Voting and running for office
- Security against deportation
- Bringing more family to the U.S.
- Increased job opportunities
- Traveling with a U.S. passport
- No more paperwork and fees
- Access to public benefits
How IRC Helps
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. IRC is at work in more than 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities and each year our programs serve 23 million people worldwide. The American Institute of Philanthropy CharityWatch gives the IRC an A+ rating and Charity Navigator awarded the IRC its highest rating.
Our comprehensive immigration services are available in 23 U.S. cities and are provided by qualified staff accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice. We can provide eligibility consultations, full case management services, and legal representation.
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