The support of community members like you is vital to the success of our programs, services, and clients. Our needs change throughout the year, so please check back for new opportunities.

Please note that depending on the activity, volunteers may be required to pass a criminal background check, complete a volunteer application, and/or show proof of current vaccinations.


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Terry Herkner, Janet Elkins and Betty Carmona are helping Afghan refugees through the International Institute of Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Mortenson for Pasadena Weekly


Our active and most urgent needs will appear here.

Don’t see an opportunity for you? Fill out the form below to join our Volunteer Reserves.

On-Going Opportunities

Legal Professionals & Law Students

We are looking for legal professionals and law students who are interested in providing pro bono legal assistance to Afghan evacuees, which may include asylum, Special Immigrant Visa, P1/2 refugee status, Temporary Protected Status, and other legal applications. SIGN UP HERE

In-Kind Donation Drives

Host a donation drive with your friends, family, or community to collect items that our clients regularly need! Please contact us prior to holding your drive so that we can ensure that we have adequate space to store donations or immediate ways to utilize them. (An updated in-kind needs list and other details will be posted here soon.)

High School-Age Volunteers

IILA works with Teens at the Door, a group of youth that supports refugee teens by helping them build and maintain personal connections with American teenagers to make them feel welcome as they launch the next chapter of their lives in their new home. Learn more at www.teensatthedoor.org.


Click the video below to learn how volunteers and other community partners can be of support for our new neighbors!


IILA’s volunteer needs change throughout the year and can sometimes arise unexpectedly at the last minute.

Joining our “Reserves” and indicating your interests can be a huge help! When there is an opportunity and good fit for your assistance, a member of our team will reach out.


Please note that you will be required to fill out our complete volunteer application and background check forms if you engage in on-going service (more than occasional or one-time volunteering).  We will ask you to take this step when you begin committed service.  If you would like, you may complete the forms now without having an assigned volunteer role.

Use the buttons below to complete the forms online or download and email them to the staff member listed below.  Please contact us if you have any questions.   Thank you for helping us to keep our clients safe and our records up-to-date!

Contact: Marisa Moonilal Montes, Director of Community Engagement, mmoonilal@iilosangeles.org, 818-660-0403.