TIME COMMITMENT: On call with a minimum 6-month commitment

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 25 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Economic Empowerment Transportation Volunteer will work closely with the Employment Specialists to assist with addressing clients’ transportation needs to job interviews and Job-Readiness Training appointments, as well as other tasks that ensure that clients’ economic self-sufficiency needs are being met.


  • Attend volunteer orientation and pass a background screening.
  • Provide round-trip transportation to economic empowerment appointments, such as job interviews and Job-Readiness Training (JRT) appointments.
  • Transport clients to and from meetings at the IRC Charlottesville office related to economic empowerment.
  • Communicate any upcoming appointments or necessary information from job interviews, including employment paperwork, with the Employment Specialists.
  • Record hours and submit completed timesheet for each month via the IRC’s online Volunteer Dashboard.



  • Must be able to respond in a timely manner to on-call opportunities as they arise. Economic Empowerment Transportation Volunteers are not expected to take every on-call assignment available to them, but a flexible availability is preferred.
  • Be sensitive to the cultural and personality differences of the refugee clients.  Respect their beliefs and values, which may differ from yours. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and interest in working with the refugee community.
  • Ownership of a car and a valid driver’s license and car insurance.
  • Willingness to be flexible and accommodating to client needs.