Become A Volunteer
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.
All volunteers must be 16 or older.
Current Volunteer Needs
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.
College Access Para Todos Assistant (Internship)
Hrs/Week: 5-10 (Available starting in January 2016)
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.
Community Plaza Tutor
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.
Development Assistant (Internship)
Hrs/Week: 15-20 (Available starting August 2015)
This position supports the Coalition’s Development Coordinator by assisting with grants management, project management, fundraising, and administrative support. Interns should have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Nonprofit Management, Community Development, or Organizational Studies.
Executive Assistant (Internship)
Hrs/Week: 20 (Available starting December 2015)
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.
Immigrant Welcome Center Assistant (Internship)
Hrs/Week: 10 (Available starting January 2016)
The Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC) 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 IWC Assistant assists with a variety of functions – everything from client intake, answering phone calls, updating resource lists, and making client referrals to connecting clients to employment opportunities or helping clients with general computer use. Volunteers and interns will report directly to the IWC Manager and IWC Coordinator, and 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, Latin American Studies, or Adult Education.
Immigration Clinic Assistant
Hrs/Month: 12-15 (Starting in January 2016)
Provide general administrative support to the Immigration Rights Program (Immigration Law Clinic). This position is not a substitute for paralegal training. Volunteer reports directly to Program Director. Must have weekday availability before 5:00 pm. This position would be ideal for students or professionals in the following fields: Public Law, Political Science, International Studies, Paralegal, or Latin American Studies.
Job Bank Assistant
Hrs/Week: 4-10 (Available starting August 2015)
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.
Latin American Festival
Oct. 10-Oct. 11 2015
Mingle with more than 20,000 other culture and music lovers at one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events, the Latin American Festival! The Latin American Coalition’s signature cultural event is celebrating 25 years with two days of music, food, and fun.
Law Student/Paralegal (Internship)
Hrs/Week: 12-15 (Available starting January 2016)
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.
Naturalization Workshop Assistant
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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.