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.

Please note that volunteers should be willing to commit to a minimum of 6 months.

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 (pmantis@ilapmaine.org). 

Ongoing Opportunities:

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Be An 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.

 

Volunteer Applications

All volunteer positions require patience and attention to detail, as well as the ability to maintain strict client confidentiality.

Our volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year and are dependent on a number of factors. Fill out the form below and keep in mind that we do our best to review and respond to all volunteer inquiries in a timely fashion.