Volunteer with TIRRC!
Volunteers are an essential part of TIRRC. We have many ongoing and one-time opportunities for individuals and volunteer groups. Click the links below or scroll down to learn more.
InterNASHional Food Crawl Volunteers
The InterNASHional Food Crawl is an annual culinary event organized by TIRRC that allows people to discover new cultures by experiencing foods from restaurants all around Nashville. The purpose of the Food Crawl is to serve as a major fundraising event dedicated to support TIRRC’s work to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee!
Volunteers will be placed in groups of 2-4 people and assigned to a restaurant to help during the Food Crawl.
Responsibilities might include:
Handing out food samples
Checking participant wristbands
Assisting with table set-up and teardown
Thousands of immigrants and refugees reach out to TIRRC each year for information on available resources and connections to community resources such as healthcare, education or housing. This volunteer role ensures our community members have access to critical services and includes answering calls and responding to voice mails, tracking client information in a database, and providing referrals to these key community resources. This opportunity requires a commitment of 3 days per month, 2-3 hours per shift. Volunteers must be able to handle sensitive information. Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
TIRRC interacts with thousands of members, donors, and event participants throughout the year. This month, TIRRC will send out a newsletter, translated into 5+ languages, to members communicating new policy updates, upcoming dates for our services and workshops, and ways for our members to engage with the movement. Volunteers will help with folding newsletters, stuffing newsletters into envelopes, and preparing envelopes for mailing.
Cities for Citizenship Naturalization Legal Clinics
Last year, TIRRC launched the Cities for Citizenship (C4C) Program in Tennessee in partnership with the Mayor's office in Davidson County. C4C is a growing national network of 42 cities and counties working to encourage and support cities across the country to invest in citizenship programs, as well as increasing citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents. TIRRC, the Office of Mayor David Briley, Metro Parks, and Nashville Public Libraries will be working together this year to continue informing and assisting our community with the Naturalization process.
Participants will meet with us at Intake Workshops to be screened and to complete all intake forms and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests needed.
Appointments with attorneys will be scheduled for the Naturalization Application Assistance Legal Clinic.
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GOAL: TIRRC offers legal services across the state to assist immigrants and refugees. Our legal programs are a key component of TIRRC’s broader efforts to help immigrants overcome barriers to integration and fully participate in their communities through becoming citizens and engaged voters. Our service delivery model matches volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and applicants in a workshop setting to complete applications for citizenship and DACA, and assist with power of attorney.
TASKS: Volunteers assist individuals to fill out forms, make copies, organize their documents and interpret for attorneys. We are also looking for attorneys to provide legal assistance for these workshops.
TIME/FREQUENCY: Workshops are held twice a month across the state, typically on evenings or Saturdays.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: Bilingual helpful but not required. Attorneys and law students needed as well, both immigration attorneys and non-immigration attorneys.
TRAINING: For Family Defense Workshops: 30-minute mandatory training provided on-site before workshop begins. For Citizenship workshops: 1 hour mandatory scheduled training provided the week before workshop date, check calendar for training dates.
REGION/LOCATION: West, Middle, and East Tennessee
GOAL: English Innovations classes build the conversational skills of adult English language learners, and empowers them to be active and engaged community members. Classes help people master the skills needed to take the next step in life - get their GED, apply for citizenship, get a new job - by helping people achieve conversational fluency in English and basic digital literacy skills through an 11 week intensive course.
TASKS: Volunteers play an important role in the learning process by helping build the confidence and conversational English skills of adult students. Volunteers assist the class instructor with small breakout groups of 4-6 students, helping facilitate 30-minute discussions on readings or theme of the day. Volunteers also participate in group games and work one-on-one with students.
TIME/FREQUENCY: One evening a week (2.5 hours) over the course of 11 weeks, from 6:00-8:30 pm. Classes take place in spring, summer and fall.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: No teaching experience required. Must be able to engage positively with adult learners from diverse communities.
TRAINING: 30-minute phone training prior to engagement in the classroom.
REGION/LOCATION: Classes are held in the Edmondson Pike and Hickory Hollow Pkwy areas of South Nashville
GOAL: Thousands of immigrants and refugees come to TIRRC each year for assistance answering questions and referrals to partner agencies. We provide information and answer questions in multiple languages via phone, hotline, text message, email and social media, offering referrals on a variety of topics from legal assistance and crisis response to education and housing.
TASKS: This position includes answering calls and responding to voice mails, tracking client information in a database, and providing referrals for available resources in the community. Volunteers will also schedule appointments for members for our programs such as English classes and legal workshops.
TIME/FREQUENCY: We are looking for volunteers who can volunteer 6-10 hours per week on a regular basis. Shifts are available between the hours of 8 am-6 pm, 7 days a week.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: Bilingual preferred. Proficient in computer skills such as Microsoft Office and internet navigation.
TRAINING: 2.5 hour mandatory training before the first shift, and additional on-site training and support during first shift. Monthly introductory trainings are on calendar.
REGION/LOCATION: TIRRC office at Casa Azafran in Nashville during weekdays. Weekend volunteers can field calls from home.
GOAL: TIRRC’s actions are gatherings of immigrants, refugees and allies in a public setting to bring visibility to various issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities. (Our non-violent) actions most commonly take place in the form of rallies, marches and vigils. Our actions typically draw 200-300 participants and are open to the community.
TASKS: Volunteers will work as a team of 20-30 people to ensure safety of action participants. Volunteers guide participants through the designated route, direct media and law enforcement inquiries to TIRRC staff, monitor, report, and as needed de-escalate potentially difficult situations.
TIME/FREQUENCY: 3 hours/per action. Actions take place every 1-2 months as needed, typically in early evening.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: Able to stand outdoors for 3 hours at a time and remain calm in hectic situations.
TRAINING: Volunteers will be trained on proper ways to guide participants as well as de-escalation techniques to keep participants safe during TIRRC actions. Volunteers must attend a one hour training before volunteering at an action. Trainings are held monthly at the TIRRC office at Casa Azafran and online via video conference.
REGION/LOCATION: Statewide. Actions take place in public parks, outside of elected official’s offices, and public sidewalks.
Get Out The Vote - Voter Registration, Canvassing, & Phone Banking
GOAL: We register naturalized citizens and second generation immigrants to vote. During election years, we lead robust campaigns to turn out new American voters to the polls to build greater accountability from elected officials. It is important to note that TIRRC volunteers DO NOT endorse any candidates or parties during this process.
TASKS: There are three different volunteer opportunities with our GOTV work. Volunteers will register voters to help increase voter turnout in immigrant and refugee communities. By pairing together and traveling to various neighborhoods to inform low-propensity immigrant about the voting process, they will help community members create a plan to vote early or on election day to help increase voter turnout in immigrant and refugee communities. Volunteers will also call low-propensity immigrant voters and inform them about their polling places using a TIRRC call script provided to them.
TIME/FREQUENCY: Opportunities will take place on evenings and weekends during the 2018 Election season (March-November). Check calendar for opportunities.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: Bilingual helpful but not required. Must be able to communicate positively with people from diverse communities.
TRAINING: Volunteers must attend a one hour training before GOTV shift begins.Trainings are held monthly at the TIRRC office at Casa Azafran and via video conference. Next training date is
REGION/LOCATION: Statewide. Places of worship, community events and festivals, ethnic businesses.
GOAL: TIRRC interacts with thousands of members, donors, and event participants throughout the year. With thoughtful and thorough preparation of materials such as newsletters, thank you notes, and event information packets, we can effectively thank and inform the people who make our work possible.
TASKS: Light office work like folding, stuffing envelopes, stapling, and organizing brochures and folders for 2-3 hours. Material prep for the Food Crawl includes but not limited to organizing and sorting food serving materials into boxes and distributing them to participating restaurants.
TIME/FREQUENCY: As needed. Please check the calendar for opportunities.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: None required.
TRAINING: No training required. Tasks will be communicated on-site.
REGION/LOCATION: TIRRC office at Casa Azafran in Nashville.
Volunteering at Events
GOAL: Every September, TIRRC hosts the annual InterNASHional Food Crawl, our annual fundraiser that celebrates the contributions made by immigrants and refugees. Each fall we hold an annual membership convention to bring together immigrants and refugees from across the state to design campaigns and discuss issues that affect their communities. Occasionally we hold other large events such as conferences, trainings, etc.
TASKS: Volunteers are needed to provide support in different areas such as registration, childcare, greeters, and operational support. Registration volunteers are responsible for greeting guests, taking payments, and checking them off either using a tablet app or crossing names off a paper list. Volunteers also give guests the materials they will need for the event and answer any questions guests may have.
TIME/FREQUENCY: As needed. Please check calendar for opportunities.
SKILL SET/LANGUAGE: None required.
TRAINING: A 30-minute Food Crawl training will be provided via phone by a Volunteer Captain the week prior to the Food Crawl. A brief 20-minute training will also take place on-site, in-person on the day of Food Crawl. The Membership Convention 20-minute training will be provided on-site, in-person on the day of event.
Do you have any special skills such as photography, videography, graphic design, or a legal background? We need volunteers to help us share stories, document and promote events, and assist with pro-bono legal work. If you’d like to put your skills to good use, let us know and we will find ways to get you involved!