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Volunteers of all backgrounds come to La Coalición to make a difference in the community. We offer various volunteer and internship positions in areas such as: Advocacy, Human Services, Information and Referrals, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Immigration, Adult ESL Education, and Cultural Events. Our volunteers are highly valued and frequently describe their work as personally rewarding.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out and send us a volunteer application or contact our Volunteer & HR Manager, Bonnie Carter, by email or 704-941-6735 or the Volunteer Coordinator, Daniel De La Cruz, by email or 704-941-6733 for more information.

All volunteers must be 16 or older. 

AmeriCorps ACCESS

Now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 service year! More information under our careers section.

Current Volunteer Needs

Administrative Assistant

Hrs/Week: 2-10

Volunteers are needed to help us with all administrative tasks. This position would be a perfect match for students or professionals who enjoy organizational activities. Unless volunteer or intern expresses an interest in a specific program, he/she will float between programs to provide administrative support.


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Bilingual Story Time Assistant

Hrs/Week: 2.5 (Available starting March 2014)

Volunteer will work directly with the Bilingual Outreach Coordinator from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library and the Resource Center Coordinator from the Latin American Coalition to conduct a weekly bilingual storytime called “Conexiones que Cuentan.” Each session is meant to engage Spanish speaking families in a fun and energetic learning environment while promoting early literacy, and strengthening the connection between parents and their young children. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Social Work, Education, Human Services, Latin American Studies, or Spanish.


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College Access Para Todos Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 5-10 (Available starting in May 2014)

The main function of this intern is to assist the Coalition’s Youth Development Coordinator with project management, research, and preparation for workshops and meetings. College Access Para Todos is an initiative of the Latin American Coalition’s youth group, United 4 the DREAM, that focuses on educating Latino and immigrant youth about their options for higher education. CAPT works to make sure that all students, regardless of immigration status, are able to go to college. Intern must commit to at least one full semester of service. This position would be ideal for students in the following fields: Latin American Studies, Spanish, English, Education, or Social Work.


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Community Plaza Tutor

Hrs/Week: 1.5-2

Help adult learners obtain an elementary school diploma in Spanish. Tutors report directly to the Immigrant Welcome Center Manager. Previous experience teaching is helpful, but not required. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Education, ESL Instruction, Spanish, Sociology, Social Work, English, or Adult Education.


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DACA Clinic

April 11, 2014

We invite volunteers to participate in our next Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workshop on Friday, April 11, 2014 here at the Coalition! We need attorneys and trained volunteers to help qualified community members complete the required documents. Volunteers who have previous training with completing the DACA forms or pre-screening applicants and/or are bilingual (Spanish/English), are highly desired! Those who are not bilingual can assist through other means.


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Design Assistant

Hrs/Week: 10-15

This position supports the Director of Communications by assisting with the development and design of our print and electronic materials. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Graphic Design, Art, Advertising, Communications, Public Relations, or Web/Multimedia Design.


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Development Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 15-20 (Available starting May 2014)

This position supports the Coalition’s Grants Manager by assisting with grants management, project management, and administrative support.  This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Nonprofit Management, Community Development, or Organizational Studies.


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Editorial and Communications Intern (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 10 (Available starting May 2014)

This dynamic position supports the Coalition’s Director of Communications by developing content for the organization’s website, social media accounts, and various print publications. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Journalism, Communications, Latin American Studies, Public Relations, or Nonprofit Management.

 


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Executive Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 20 (Available starting August 2014)

This dynamic position supports the Coalition’s Executive Director and Development Coordinator by providing project management and administrative support. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm and evening availability on the last Wednesday of each month. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Community Development, or Organizational Studies.


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Fanta Festival

May 4, 2014

The Latin American Coalition’s Fanta Festival is a one-day, highly publicized Cinco de Mayo celebration which attracts more than 30,000 children and adults from Charlotte’s Hispanic community. This FREE event features internationally known musical acts, celebrity appearances, folkloric dance performances, as well as children’s games and activities. An open-air food court offers authentic Latin American cuisine and the Latin American Mercado sells hand-made, imported goods and specialty products. A true community event, the Fanta Festival has secured its place as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in North Carolina. Volunteers are needed to fill various shifts and positions throughout the day. Help us make this an event to remember by signing up to volunteer today! 


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Film Festival Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 10-15 (Available starting May 2014)

The newest addition to the Coalition’s cultural event calendar is CineMás, a Latino film series, with screenings throughout the year. Building onto the idea of expanding and developing interest in Latino film and social justice issues in Charlotte, NC is another exciting project, a short film festival. The Film Festival Assistant will work directly with the Cultural Events Coordinator to thoroughly develop an execution strategy for our 2015 short film festival. Intern should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students in the following fields: Film, Art, Communications, Public Relations, or Latin American Studies.


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Immigrant Rights Program Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 12-15 (Available starting May 2014)

Provide general administrative support to the Immigration Rights Program. This position is not a substitute for paralegal training. Volunteer reports directly to Program Director. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Public Law, Political Science, International Studies, Paralegal, or Latin American Studies.


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Immigrant Welcome Center Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 10 (Available starting May 2014)

The Immigrant Welcome Center is the first point of contact the Latin American Coalition has with all of its clients. It is the central hub of the organization, connecting Latino families to the resources available in the community. The main role of the intern is to assist with providing services to clients by registering walk-ins, answering phone calls, providing information in a timely manner, updating information resources, and conducting further research on specific projects. Intern will report directly to the Immigrant Welcome Center Manager and Immigrant Welcome Center Coordinator. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm.This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Social Work, Education, International Studies, Human Services, Spanish, or Latin American Studies.

 


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Immigration Reform March & Rally

May 3, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, community members from around NC will once again descend upon uptown Charlotte in support of Immigration Reform! We need volunteers both to help prepare for this event and to help keep the crown under control on the day of the event.

 

 


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Job Bank Assistant

Hrs/Week: 4-10

La Coalición’s Worker Support Center provides immigrants with workforce development trainings and services critical to their integration and self-sufficiency. Volunteers and interns in the Job Bank work one on one with clients to overcome barriers to achieving gainful employment. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Career Development, Education, Spanish, or Human Resources Management.


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Law Student/Paralegal (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 12-15 (Available starting May 2014)

Assist BIA Accredited Representative with a range of immigration related cases including: family based petitions and applications, motions, waivers, TPS, asylum, NACARA, VAWA, U and T Visas, and related services. Excellent opportunity to gain critical practical and substantive skills in the field of immigration law, become knowledgeable in issues related to detention and deportation, and assist in development of comprehensive immigrant rights program. Interns will have direct interaction with clients through every phase of the case life-cycle. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position will be ideal for second and third year law students.


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Naturalization Workshop Assistant

April 27, 2014

This free workshop is designed to give prospective naturalization applicants eligibility pre-screening, in-depth information about the process and interview, assistance with completing and documenting the Application for Naturalization (N-400 form), legal review of applications by an attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative, referrals for complex cases, and information regarding local civics, history, and English classes.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers are needed to assist clients with completing online and paper forms. Those who do not speak Spanish can assist with other areas of the workshop.


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SAT Workshop Assistant

Hrs/Week: 3-5 (Available starting July 2014)

Teachers, current college students, or other SAT “experts” are needed to conduct weekly SAT prep sessions for aspiring college students. Weekly workshops should focus on building English skills (reading comprehension and writing). All students attending the workshops are members of College Access Para Todos. College Access Para Todos (CAPT) is an initiative of the Latin American Coalition’s youth group, United 4 the DREAM, that focuses on educating Latino and immigrant youth about their options for higher education. CAPT works to make sure that all students, regardless of immigration status, are able to go to college.Intern must commit to the duration of the sumer program (specific dates TBD) and have Wednesday availability from 4:00/5:30-6:30/7:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students in the following fields: English or Education.


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Small Business Assistant (Internship)

Hrs/Week: 10-15 (Available starting May 2014)

This position supports the Economic Development Initiative Coordinator by helping to expand business opportunities in the Latino community. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Business Administration, Accounting, Non-Profit Management, or Economic Development.


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