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.
Please note that volunteers should be willing to commit to a minimum of 6 months.
Start by being an ILAP Advocate! Subscribe to our email updates if you’d like to receive regular updates about our work, as well as updates about the laws and policies that affect immigrants on the local and national levels.
Our volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year and are dependent on a number of factors. All volunteer positions require patience and attention to detail, as well as the ability to maintain strict client confidentiality.
ILAP is always in need of volunteer interpreters to assist with in person attorney consultations and translation of client documents.
We only have the capacity to manage a small number of volunteers at one time. You are invited to complete the application below, but be aware you will only be contacted if there is an open position.
POTENTIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.
Clerical / Administrative
General office support may include filing, shredding, answering the telephone, greeting clients, or assisting with a myriad of one-time administrative tasks. The duration of these projects will be tailored to fit the needs of those involved, and will vary depending on the time of year.
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. Common languages needed include French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Arabic but ILAP welcomes volunteers with any language.
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.
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.
ILAP welcomes a small number of College and Law School students as interns each year. For more information regarding our summer and year-round internships, please contact our Legal Director, Phil Mantis.