Volunteer

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.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide one-time service projects or events. However, if you would like to be on our mailing list as one-time opportunities or events come up, please sign up for our mailing list. If you have a church or youth group that is interested in service projects, please consider the ongoing volunteer opportunities below. 

Interested in volunteering? Fill out the volunteer interest form to get started:

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How can you get involved?

Refugee Mentor Trainer

We are currently seeking a 1-2 volunteers to support our Refugee Mentor Training. This volunteer opportunity will train new mentors being matched with RIC-AAU clients both as single individuals and families. Currently, we have a caseload of 90+ mentors that are supported by a volunteer Mentor Coordinator with over 50+ mentors waiting to be matched with refugee and immigrant families in need. The volunteer Refugee Mentor Trainer would be responsible for holding monthly mentor trainings for newly matched mentors. This training will include an overview of the agency and who we serve, cultural sensitivity training, outlining expectations of mentors, and act as a support for the first 1-2 months of a mentoring match relationship before transitioning them to the volunteer Mentor Coordinator.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Hold Mentor Trainings for new mentors every 4-6 weeks (as needs arise)
  • Act as support/point of contact for mentors the first month
  • Transition mentors to the volunteer Mentor Coordinator for continued support
  • Keep training materials relevant and up to date

Minimum Time Commitment:

  • 4 hours a month; 2 hour mentor training/4-6 weeks; 2 hours prep time
  • 5-6 month commitment; Aug-Dec and/or Jan-May

Required Experience/Skills

  • Retired/Former educators a plus!
  • Experience teaching, giving presentations, etc. preferred
  • Organized and Detail-Oriented
  • Experience mentoring and/or tutoring a plus!
  • Some experience working with diverse populations

English Class Assistant

English class assistants provide extra support for English language learners through leading small group activities, providing individual tutoring, and helping teachers as needed.

  • Anyone proficient in English can volunteer with English classes
  • Class assistants are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 3 hours
  • A minimum 3 month commitment is requested from English volunteers
  • Classes take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM, Monday through Friday, with additional evening classes from on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

ESL Childcare Support

Help us support English Language classes at Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center!  Volunteers provide childcare focused on English language skill building through age-appropriate play, music and fun activities.  Refugee and immigrant children served range in age from one to five years old. This program specifically provides childcare to parents enrolled in English as a Second Language classes on-site, enabling their attendance in this program. 

  • Anyone can be a program volunteer
  • Early Learning volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 2 hours
  • A minimum commitment of 3 months is desired from ESL Childcare Support volunteers
  • ESL classes take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM, Monday through Thursday

Refugee Family Mentor

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 6 month commitment is requested from the volunteer
  • The schedule is flexible, based on what works for each mentor-family pair

Refugee Single Mother Mentor

Salt Lake City has the highest proportion of single mothers and women-at-risk among all resettlement communities. Our​ refugee single mother mentor program pairs volunteers with single mothers to help with the transition to life in Utah. Volunteer activities are based on the specific needs of each mother and her family, but often include practicing conversational English, teaching them about public transportation, grocery shopping, helping children with homework, reading mail, and building life skills. 

  • Female volunteers are preferred
  • Mentors spend at least 

    ​6-8​ 

    hours per month with their refugee 

    ​mother and family

  • A minimum of 6 month commitment is requested from the volunteer
  • The schedule is flexible, based on what works for each mentor-

    ​mother pair

Northwest Middle School Adolescent Capacity and Empowerment Program Volunteer

As an after school volunteer, you will help refugee youth with their homework in math, science, reading, and english. 

  • Anyone can volunteer at Northwest Middle School
  • Northwest Middle School volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 2 hours
  • A minimum commitment of three months is requested for volunteers
  • The program takes place Monday-Friay from 3:15pm-5:15pm

Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center Afterschool Program Volunteer

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.

  • 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 pm and 6 pm

Evergreen Junior High Afterschool Program Volunteer

As an afterschool volunteer you will help refugee youth with their homework in Math, Science, Reading, and English. 

  • Anyone can volunteer at Evergreen Junior High
  • Evergreen Junior High volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 2 hours
  • A minimum commitment of 3 months is requested for volunteers
  • The program takes place Monday-Thursday from 2:45-5:00

TIP Drop-In Center Volunteer

As a TIP volunteer, you will assist with the drop-in center for victims of trafficking.

  • Female volunteers are preferred
  • A minimum committment of 3 months is requested for volunteers
  • TIP volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one day a week for 2 hours
  • The Drop-In Center takes place from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Office Help

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

Internships

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.

Questions? Contact us at .

Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah
155 South 300 West, Suite 101, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
Tel: 801-467-6060 | Email:  | Contact Us

Business Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

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