CARECEN is only as strong as its foundation, and volunteers are an integral part of that foundation. Volunteers like you allow CARECEN to dramatically expand our services to help more people in our communities. Through your work with us, you also take part in CARECEN's efforts to change immigration and education policies, empower our communities, provide quality low-cost immigration legal services, and bring on lasting social change for all. It is because of our volunteers that we continue to grow. Please keep in mind that our regular office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm. You must also fill out a Volunteer Application in order to apply for any volunteer position. There are a few opportunities that will be available for Saturday.
- Parent & Youth Leadership Academy: We need undergraduate Volunteers on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. They will be helping high school senior’s proof read their personal statements and review college applications. We will also need Volunteers for the month of November when we will be doing providing the same services during, "Success Week", November 21-25, Mon-Sat 10am to 10pm. As the date approaches, shifts will be available during “Success Week”. You must commit to a minimum of two months. Please email your resume and completed Volunteer Application to Jennifer Marin at JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG. Include "College Head Start Volunteer" in the subject. (2 Positions Available)
- Fundraising Volunteers: help CARECEN development staff find funding opportunities to finance CARECEN programs. (Open)
- English Instructors: There is a great need for a English Class Instructor for our Day Labor Center. This would be an internship position with at least 2 month commitment. The hours must be between 9 am-5 pm and Monday through Friday. Please email your resume, put English Class Instructor in the subject and send your availability to Jennifer Marin JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG. (Closed)
- Volunteer Translator: We need volunteers to translate materials including flyers, Power Point, website, research materials and more. For those who have more experience translating there is the opportunity to assist in translating in asylum interviews at the Los Angeles Asylum Office located in Anaheim with clients. Please email your resume and completed Volunteer Application to Jennifer Marin at JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG and include "Volunteer Translator " in the subject. (Open)
- Legal Volunteers: conduct legal screenings (must speak Spanish) with possible CARECEN client, including unaccompanied minors and possible applicants for President Obama's executive action programs (known as DACA and DAPA). They also do research and support case work under an attorney's supervision. They gain a working knowledge of how to defend a deportation case, build client interviewing skills, and provide an invaluable service to CARECEN and its clients. Please email your resume, cover letter and completed Volunteer Application to Jennifer Marin at JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG. (Open)
If you are interested in any of these volunteering categories, please fill out and submit the form below, checking the appropriate boxes and providing the times and days when you are available. If you have one, please e-mail a resume, along with a cover letter, to Jennifer Marin at JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG.
Internships and Fellowships
CARECEN maintains relationships with public and private universities and other academic institutions in California and across the U.S.-Mexico border. Through these relationships, CARECEN provides internships and fellowships that allow students majoring in political science, anthropology, sociology, law, and other disciplines to gain work experience in the social justice arena.
While volunteers may commit to up to 10 hours per week, internships and fellowships imply a more serious time commitment. Internships may require 10-15 hours per week, while fellowships require 15-20 hours. Some of the positions in the legal, education and research categories may be structured as internships, and positions are subject to availability.
If you are interested in an internship, please note that in the form below. Internships require a resume and cover letter, emailed to Jennifer Marin at JMarin@CARECEN-LA.ORG.
We conduct regular training sessions for those who want to volunteer at CARECEN, with basic orientation and sign-ups for tasks, jobs and events. The training sessions usually take place at CARECEN, and you will be notified of the next session if you sign up. Join us to make a difference!
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