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Health access volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in assisting refugees and asylees in our community. By volunteering with the IRC in Sacramento, you can share your unique experience and skills directly with IRC clients. Volunteer support is an integral part of the IRC’s mission to provide opportunities for refugees to thrive in Sacramento.


Volunteers within this direct-service support position help clients learn to manage their physical & mental health and understand the U.S. healthcare system. Responsibilities include: accompanying clients to health screenings and appointments, teaching clients how to navigate the healthcare system, assisting with health-related workshops for clients, assisting the Health Access Coordinator with program administration, and other duties as assigned. Part of this position also includes transporting clients for official IRC visits and appointments within the Sacramento area during the volunteer's scheduled time in the office.

The ideal volunteer in this role is:

  • Effective in accomplishing tasks in a warm and relational way
  • Confident using online search tools
  • Willing to support & complete fieldwork
  • Experienced with administration, record keeping, scheduling and logistics
  • Able to excel with minimal supervision when given tasks

Logistical Requirements

  • Driving to help clients overcome barriers to receiving social services
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, proof of insurance
  • Client-related mileage is eligible for reimbursement

Time Commitment

Minimum Commitment:  6 + hrs/ week for a minimum 4 months during IRC business hours Mon – Fri from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Longer volunteer commitments encouraged.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and undergo a security background check


Please review the service description here, and if interested in volunteering with the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, please complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise.