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Community Garden Assistance

Start date: Ongoing
Last updated 
Refugees and their children work in the community garden. Photo: IRC

Location: New Roots Community Gardens.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Capable of standing for up to 2 hours
  • Capable of lifting up to 30 pounds
  • Be willing to patiently & clearly communicate with limited English Speakers
  • Submit volunteer hours on a monthly basis.
  • Donation of $50 to cover the cost of the background check

Learning Opportunities:

Practice communicating with limited English speakers

Practice languages you may be learning (Swahili, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda)

Gain a better understanding of the challenges associated with food access in a “food desert”

Minimum Commitment: 2 hours a week, typically evenings.

Skills/Qualifications: Background and skills in gardening/agriculture required. Construction skills and knowledge of a second language are bonuses.

How to Apply: Complete a Volunteer Application online. Note: Please upload a resume or CV at the bottom of the application. Once your submission has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted about attending an upcoming volunteer orientation.


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 VolunteerTucson [at] Rescue.org.
  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.