Volunteer

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Get involved with us by volunteering! ILAP is grateful to our many volunteers and interns, without whom our work would not be possible. We offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers to gain experience and build skills while helping Maine's immigrant community.

ILAP is always in need of volunteer interpreters to assist with in person attorney consultations and translation of client documents. Volunteer interpreters are scheduled as needed for 1-2 hour blocks of time in Portland, Lewiston and over the phone.  Common languages needed include French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala and Arabic, but ILAP welcomes volunteers with any language skills.

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Volunteer Application

All volunteer positions require patience and attention to detail, as well as the ability to maintain strict client confidentiality. Please note that volunteers should be willing to commit to a minimum of 6 months.

If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out the application below and be sure to note any language skills. Our volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year and are dependent on a number of factors. You may not hear back from us right away, but we review applications on a regular basis and will be in touch if we have an applicable volunteer opportunity.

Attorneys interested in learning more about joining ILAP’s Pro Bono Panel can do so here.

POTENTIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Interpreters / Translators

ILAP is always in need of volunteer interpreters to assist with in person attorney consultations and translation of client documents. Volunteer interpreters are scheduled as needed for 1-2 hour blocks of time in Portland, Lewiston and over the phone.  Common languages needed include French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala and Arabic, but ILAP welcomes volunteers with any language skills.

 

Clerical / Administrative

General office support may include filing, shredding, answering the telephone, greeting clients, or assisting with data entry and IT. The duration of these projects will be tailored to fit the needs of those involved, and will vary depending on the time of year.

Intake Assistance

During predetermined appointment times ILAP conducts initial in-person or phone interviews for new clients seeking legal assistance. Intake volunteers are used to gather basic client information before the client speaks with an attorney.  Volunteers are required to attend an initial training, which will cover expectations and requirements for these scheduled appointments.  The commitment is 3-4 hours 1-2 times per month.  Volunteers with 2nd languages are encouraged to apply.

 

Forms Program

Immigration forms assistance requires the biggest time commitment for volunteers at ILAP.  Forms volunteers must be available for one regularly scheduled weekly appointment for 2-4 hours.  After extensive training and shadowing, forms volunteers assist clients with completing immigration applications for immigration benefits such as work permits, green cards, or citizenship.  Volunteers with 2nd languages are encouraged to apply.

Fundraising Events

The success of ILAP’s annual fundraising event, CeleSoirée, is dependent on the commitment of a large team of volunteers. A team of dedicated volunteers is required on the day of the event, to ensure a smooth experience for all. Consider joining our CeleSoirée Planning Committee, which requires an extended commitment.

 

Communications and Story Telling

ILAP’s communications and story telling efforts are bolstered by volunteers with expertise in photography, video production, media/public relations and design/branding. These projects amplify and share the importance of our mission with new audiences, contributing to the overall success of the organization. Communications projects can vary in duration and take place throughout the year.

 

Internships

ILAP welcomes a small number of undergraduate and law school students as interns each year. For more information regarding our summer and school-year internships, please contact Legal Director Phil Mantis.