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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. The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency, and ensure new arrivals have food, shelter and clothing.


As one of the IRC’s 26 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.


Your family or group can help lead the way from harm to home through the IRC in San Jose’s Housing Outreach Mentorship & Education (HOME) program, which combines direct financial assistance and mentorship to assist newly-arrived refugee families to become self-sufficient and integrated quickly. HOME Teams will be matched with a refugee family to whom they will provide the following types of support: In-Kind donations for apartment set up, direct assistance to subsidize the family's rent, and connect the family to community resources.


Minimum 6 hours per week for at least 4 months, with a courtesy notice of at least 2 weeks prior to leaving the organization. Hours can be completed during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

General Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Must be reliable and willing to work independently and as part of a team
  • A willingness to learn about the diverse ethnic backgrounds of clients and adhere to IRC volunteer/intern and workplace policies
  • Ability and willingness to drive clients to and from appointments, and/or help teach clients to take public transportation. Work-related driving would be reimbursed.
  • Proficiency in other languages highly desirable (i.e. Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tigrinya, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, or Swahili)
An ideal volunteer for this role:
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Willing to collect donations and store them offsite
  • Able to deliver and assist with apartment set up for the family
  • Must be comfortable with communicating with clients and community partners on the phone and in person
  • Willingness to work across department toward measurable outcomes
  • Excellent, interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with partners, donors, colleagues in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment

We are looking for 2 teams.


  • Complete an online application here : http://bit.ly/IRCVolunteerApplicationSJ
    • Applications must include a resume and cover letter in a single PDF file. Please tailor your cover letter to include the following:
      • Up to three positions of interest ranked in order of preference
      • Time availability, i.e. specific days and times each week, your anticipated start and end dates for interning, and your 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
      • Once your application is received, qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a phone screening

For more information on the application process and timeline, visit our volunteer page at https://www.rescue.org/volunteer-opportunities/san-jose-ca

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Advocacy & Human Rights Community Immigrants & Refugees


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1210 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 227San Jose, CA 95128



  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach


  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 months

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