Washington New Americans

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Basic Information

Address: 1225 South Weller St Ste. 430 Seattle, WA 98144
Phone Number: 2067238436
Director: Jessica Scruggs

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Justice and Equality. Human Rights. Citizenship
Population Served: All
Ages for Volunteer: 15+
Hours of Service: 5
Days of Service: 10/20/2012
Mission Statement:

Our goal is to promote successful immigrant integration by connecting eligible Legal Permanent Residents (“green card” holders) to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship and become active members of our community.

Events:

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications. This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone. Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

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Event: Citizenship Day                                                                                                                                           
Date: October 20th, 2012                                                                                                                                        
Time: 10am-3pm                                                                                                                                                  
Host(s): Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
 
Event Description:
Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!  
Volunteer Positions & Descriptions:
 
Paralegals/ Law Students:
Paralegals and/or Law students will be providing one-on-one assistance to our clients guiding them through the application process. You will meet individually with clients to help complete naturalization forms before the applicants move on to volunteer immigration attorneys to finalize their application. Paralegals may NOT provide legal advice
This is a great chance to give service, get hands-on legal experience and training as well as make connections with experienced attorneys – several of our past volunteers have even gotten jobs based on the connections made at Citizenship Day!
 
Interpreters:
We depend on amazing volunteer interpreters to help make Citizenship Day possible. Applicants sometimes need interpreters to help them fully understand the application as well as the process. As an interpreter you will interpret verbatim between clients and paralegals or attorneys and other volunteer staff. Ensure that clients and paralegals/attorneys understand each other and contents of all forms, documents needed for naturalization. Interpreters may NOT provide legal advice except as direct translation of advice given by attorney. Interpreters of all languages are welcome, particularly, those with Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese skills, among other languages.
 
General Volunteers:
We depend on amazing volunteers to help make Citizenship Day possible. We need to fulfill multiple positions so whether you’re an introvert or extrovert we have a place for you! You can help as directed by Site Coordinators with set up/take down at facility, signage, client intake, routing of clients through the facility, copying and assembling documents, answering non-legal questions, passing out information documents, and help with food and drinks for volunteers. These volunteers perform the tasks needed to make Citizenship Days successful!
 
Locations:
Seattle: ACRS- 3639 MLK Jr. Way South Seattle, WA 98144                                                                       
Centralia: Centralia Community College (Kirk Library Building)-600 Centralia College Blvd. Centralia, WA 98531
Yakima: Central Lutheran Church- 1604 W. Yakima Ave Yakima, WA 98902                                                    
Pasco: Columbia Basin College (H Building)- 2600 North 20th Ave Pasco, WA 99301            
                 
Volunteers can sign up on our website at http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers
On our website you can mark your preferred site of volunteering (Seattle, Centralia, Yakima or Pasco).
 
*Childcare will be provided at each location. Please be sure to write (in the “Notes” section of your sign-up page) the name and ages of your children.

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