Mission: To empower Latino immigrants through educational and economic opportunities.
Dear Prospective Volunteer,
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CASA Latina. CASA Latina is a community-based organization that educates and organizes Latino urban migrant workers and their families so they may become economically independent and contributing members of this community. We depend on the commitment and energy of volunteers like you to carry out our programs.
Volunteering with CASA Latina is a rewarding experience. Not only will you help Latino migrant workers and their families make better lives for themselves, you will also learn about the realities they face as an often invisible community.
There are many ways of contributing to our programs. Enclosed is a description of our volunteer positions and an application. If you are interested in getting involved, fill out the application and let us know which program(s) interest you the most. Each opportunity requires some training and a minimum time (hours, weeks, months) commitment.
All volunteers must fill out the application and email volunteer application to firstname.lastname@example.org
We sometimes receive many more volunteer applications than we have open positions. As a result, we are not able to offer every prospective volunteer a position right away. We are honored by your interest in CASA Latina and are committed to finding a place in the organization for as many people as possible. After receiving your application we will contact you to set up an interview. If no opportunities are open we will keep your application in the pool of applicants and contact this pool for interviews as needs arise. Our volunteers’ hard work, heartfelt generosity and dedication greatly strengthen our programs. Our sincere gratitude goes out to you for your support. We look forward to meeting you!
Casa Latina Staff
317 17th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144 tel. 206.956.0779 fax 206.956.0780
CASA LATINA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
DAY WORKERS’ CENTER ASSISTANT
3-6 month commitment, 4-5 hours a week, mornings, Spanish is not required
Help ensure the smooth running of this vibrant site! Help to orient new workers, negotiate and take work orders on behalf of workers, dispatch jobs, and fulfill general administrative duties. The Workers’ Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 10:30 AM, and Saturday 7:00 am to 11:00. We ask that volunteers arrive 15 minutes early. Assistants commit to one shift per week, and must attend an orientation.
3-6 month commitment, conversational Spanish required
Join our awesome team of receptionists! Help us welcome visitors and provide resources to the members of the community. Make everyone who comes to Casa Latina feel at home, assist in admin projects, answer the reception phone in English and Spanish, and learn about the Casa Latina programs!
MORNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHER
6-month minimum commitment, 2-3 hours a week, mornings, some Spanish helpful but not required
Participate in CASA Latina’s popular education model by teaching English to workers at the Day Workers’ Center. Practical English classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am and 9:00 am., and Saturdays 8:30 – 10:00. Teachers are required to observe classes at CASA Latina attend a CASA Latina orientation with the ESL Volunteer Coordinator, and attend the annual CASA Latina Teacher Training.
6-month minimum commitment (teachers), 3-4 hours a week, late mornings, Spanish proficiency required
Put your Spanish skills to good use in our computer program, which offers free basic technology access to participants. Volunteers teach classes in Spanish with a focus on basic computer skills relevant to the lives of the workers. Classes are Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM -12:30 PM. Teachers commit to one class a week for a minimum of 6 months and must be proficient in Spanish. Assistant positions are more flexible.
COMITÉ DE DEFENSA DEL TRABAJADOR CO-FACILITATOR
6-month minimum commitment, 3-5 hours a week, Wed evenings 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Spanish fluency required
Get involved with the Comité to recoup owed wages. Strategize in partnership with day laborers to organize direct action campaigns and contact employers. Volunteers take on one to three cases at a time and are involved in every stage of the wage reclamation process: from intake, where workers come to CASA Latina with wage complaints, to drafting initial demand letters and making phone calls to delinquent employers and property owners.
MUJERES SIN FRONTERAS CO-FACILITATOR
3-month minimum commitment, flexible hours, 10-15 hours per week, conversational Spanish required
Mujeres Sin Fronteras is a women empowerment and leadership development program of Casa Latina. Responsibilities include supporting the group, by co- facilitating meetings and workshops, doing research, organizing, doing outreach, phone banking, making flyers, developing workshops and events, and/or supporting the Caring Across Generations Campaign.
2-month minimum commitment, 2-4 hours a week, evenings or some weekends, conversational Spanish required
Help provide childcare for Latino families. We rely on volunteers to offer childcare during our evening English classes and women’s group meetings so parents can study. Toys, games, and snacks provided. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience in childcare. Mondays 5:30 – 8:30 or Fridays 4:30 – 7:30. We may also look for childcare providers for special events.
As needs arise, flexible hours, no Spanish required
Development Volunteers support Casa Latina’s development team in raising awareness and financial support of our mission to help advance the impact Casa’s programs have in people’s lives. Volunteer tasks can include helping to prepare and staff fundraising events, assisting with mailings, performing database work, supporting communications projects, and assisting with a variety of donor cultivation and stewardship activities. Our development team has a need both for on-call volunteers to help out with occasional, time limited projects and events—as well as a need for long term volunteers who can commit to supporting our development efforts on a regular basis over a period of several months.
CASA LATINA VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
NAME/NOMBRE: __________________________________ date/ fecha: ______________
E-MAIL/ CORREO ELECTRÓNICO: _________________________PHONE/TELÉFONO: __________________
ADDRESS/ DIRECCIÓN: ___________________________________________________________________________
STREET/CALLE CITY/ CIUDAD STATE/ESTADO ZIP/ CÓDIGO POSTAL
BEST TIME & NUMBER TO REACH YOU: PHONE/TELÉFONO: ________________ TIME/HORA: _____________
EMERGENCY CONTACT/CONTACTO DE EMERGENCIA: ______________________________________________
VOLUNTEER OPTIONS: Please put in bold the positions that interest you.
Day Worker’s Center Assistant
Morning ESL Teacher
Computer Lab Assistant
Comité de Defensa del Trabajador Co-facilitator
Mujeres Sin Fronteras Co-facilitator
Volunteer as Needs Arise
For Office Use Only
Start Date _______________
End Date ________________
VOLUNTEERING AVAILABILITY/DISPONIBILIDAD PARA SER VOLUNTARIO/A:
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat.
I PLAN ON VOLUNTEERING/PIENSO SER VOLUNTARIO : ______ HOURS PER WEEK FOR _____ MONTHS.
ARE YOU OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE?/ ¿TIENE MÁS DE 18 AÑOS DE EDAD? _________
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT CASA LATINA?/¿CÓMO SUPO SOBRE CASA LATINA?
Please write down the name and numbers of two people who can tell us about your energy, responsibility and ability to relate to people of different economic and social classes.
NAME RELATIONSHIP TELEPHONE NUMBER BEST TIME TO REACH
WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR EXPERIENCE!
Educational background and employment experience:
Social justice work:
Spanish speaking, writing, or reading abilities:
Other clubs or organizations in which you are active:
Describe your experience with people of ethnic, racial, or economic backgrounds different than your own.
Why do you want to volunteer at Casa Latina?
What skills do you bring to Casa Latina?
What would you like to learn from this experience?
If applying for ESL Teacher, please describe your teaching and/or ESL experience.
If applying for the Development department, please describe your experience in these areas.
Please return completed application by email to Haydee Lavariega: email@example.com
If you have any questions please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.956.0779 x121