One of the most important things members of our community can do to welcome refugees is to become part of a refugee’s life. Our volunteers provide invaluable support to refugees as they adjust to everyday life in the U.S.—and more often than not, our volunteers gain just as much from the experience.
How can you get involved?
Our refugee family mentor program pairs volunteers with refugee families to help with the transition to life in Utah. Volunteer activities are based on the specific needs of each family, but often include practicing conversational English, helping children with homework, reading mail, and building life skills.
- Individuals, couples, and families can be matched as volunteer mentors
- Mentors spend at least 8 hours per month with their refugee family
- A minimum of 3 month commitment is requested from the volunteer
- The schedule is flexible, based on what works for each mentor-family pair
ESL in-class assistants provide extra support for English language learners through leading small group activities, providing individual tutoring, and helping ESL teachers as needed.
- Anyone proficient in English can volunteer with ESL classes
- Class assistants are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 3 hours
- A minimum 3 month commitment is requested from ESL volunteers
Classes take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM, Monday through Friday, with additional evening classes from 4:00PM-7:00PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Afterschool program volunteers give tutoring and homework help to refugee and immigrant students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as helping the Afterschool Teacher with social skills building, field trips, and other activities. Volunteers are needed for multiple afterschool program in different sites, including Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center.
- Anyone can be an afterschool program volunteer
- Afterschool program volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 2 hours
- A minimum commitment of one semester is requested from afterschool program volunteers.
- Afterschool programs usually take place between 3:00PM and 6:00PM, depending on the program and site
Volunteers who want to learn more about non-profit work or who have a limited amount of time can help with office work. This support for RIC-AAU’s operations is very important, and is a great way to utilize specific skills or interests, such as IT, marketing, or legal experience.
- Anyone can help with office support; responsibilities will reflect qualifications and interest
- The amount of time, duration, and schedule for volunteer work in the office can be tailored to fit the project and people involved
Throughout the year we have opportunities for groups of volunteers to complete a project or help with an event, such as a health fair or HEAT outreach day. We also love to hear ideas from our volunteers! We welcome opportunities to participate in corporate community service days, donation drives, and other events. Contact us with ideas!
Internships are a great way to gain valuable experience working with a diverse population. Our internships are as diverse as our programs. Internships are advertised on our Work With Us page, so check back often. If you don’t see anything that fits, feel free to submit your resume with a summary of skills and interests to the Volunteer Coordinator.