The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 28 U.S. cities. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC SAN JOSE:
As one of the IRC’s 28 domestic offices, the San Jose office serves refugees, asylees, special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of human trafficking in Santa Clara County. Since opening in 1975, the San Jose office has resettled over 20,000 refugees, who in turn have helped to build a stronger community. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential case management and immigration services to immigrant families, providing them with the resources and tools to rebuild their lives with safety and dignity.
SCOPE OF WORK: Meeting donation needs are a critical part of their resettlement process in the United States. Donations such furniture to bicycles affects their ability to be employed, their access to public services, and integration with the community. Volunteers will assist the Volunteer & Coordinator with outreach, the intake of in-kind donations and work with our current community partners. Prepare items to be given away to newly arrived refugees. Deliver items to newly arrived refugees. Work with caseworkers to identify what items newly arrived refugees need.
- Assist with the collection of items needed for refugee families
- Organize donations drives in coordination with staff.
- Collaborate with clients and staff to identify different client needs.
- Collaborate across departments with staff, volunteers, community partners and clients.
- Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to work effectively with partners, donors, colleagues in a cross cultural, multi-disciplinary environment.
- Willingness to work across departments toward measurable outcomes.
- Must be comfortable with communicating with clients and community partners on the phone and in person.
- Solid organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks
- Valid driver’s license and a vehicle with a valid insurance are required
This position reports to the Volunteer Coordinator
- This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity.
- Work related driving would be reimbursed.
Complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter in a single PDF file to the application. Please tailor your cover letter to the position to which you are applying and include the following:
- Up to 3 positions of interest, ranked in order of preference
- Time availability for your internship, i.e. the number of hours you are available each week, specific days and times, and your anticipated start and end dates for interning
- Immediate interview availability, if different from internship availability
- Any requirements for filing your internship for school credit, e.g. total number of hours to be completed or filing deadline
For more information on the application process and timeline, visit our internships page.
- Donor Management
- Community Outreach
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- Background Check
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