The IRC in Atlanta’s Microenterprise Development (MED) program provides financial coaching, lending services and training and technical assistance to refugees—both aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners—prioritizing individuals who have been in the United States for less than five years. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A start-up business is often successful because of the community support it receives. Virtual Small Business Mentors help to strengthen and expand small businesses, further developing a robust local economy. If you are an experienced small-business owner or have experience in any of the professions listed below, please consider virtually mentoring a refugee-owned business with the IRC.
Time commitment is flexible. Ideally, Small Business Mentors will work with their assigned mentee refugee-owned business to determine a schedule for support and assistance as needed. Especially seeking mentors who are patient and willing to assist with technological support, e.g., setting up and navigating Zoom or other platforms, digital literacy skill building, and troubleshooting as needed.
We are looking for:
Volunteer Lawyers to review:
- Partnership agreements
- Service assurance agreements
- Property leases
Volunteer Accountants to guide:
- Small business tax filing
Volunteer Commercial Realtors to help locate and review:
- Business appropriate real estate
- Property leases
Volunteer Web Developers/Graphic Designers to create:
- Basic business websites
- Business logos
We are seeking business owners experienced in:
- Local food businesses (catering, food trucks, bakery, prepared food vending, restaurants, etc.)
- Skilled trade (construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.)
- Transportation (inter-state freight trucking, independent contractors)
- Auto-body and auto-repair
- Retail (grocery, clothing, etc.)
To learn more or sign up, please contact VolunteerATL [at] Rescue.org.
More opportunities in Atlanta, GA
Virtual Youth Afterschool Tutor
The IRC in Atlanta's Youth Futures program provides daily homework help and academic assistance as well as college preparation support, enrichment and community service activities, opportunities to take field trips and participate in workshops, and more. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual English as a Second Language (ESL) Class Assistant
The IRC’s virtual English as a Second Language (ESL) classes assist refugee and immigrant adults to develop the language skills critical for success in our community. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donation Drive Volunteer
The IRC in Atlanta—in partnership with community members like you—is working to ensure our clients have the resources they need to get through this trying time. Help us keep our newest neighbors safe and healthy by taking part in the collection of critically needed goods.
Virtual Connect to Success Conversation Partner
The IRC in Atlanta’s Connect to Success (C2S) program is one of the only programs in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to supporting out-of-school refugee youth ages 16 to 24. C2S addresses the unique barriers to success faced by this population through holistic support, including one-on-one coaching and group workshops. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.