Washington New Americans Citizenship Days, 9/19 & Ongoing

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 and Ongoing
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): September 19 sites include Renton, Pasco and Moses Lake

RENTON: Renton Technical College, Building C, 3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056
MOSES LAKE: Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
PASCO: Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: wna@weareoneamerica.org;
http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers

Volunteers Needed: Attorney, Law Student, or Interpreter

Washington New Americans is a partnership of the state of Washington and OneAmerica, an organization that advocates for immigrants and refugees here in the state of Washington and nationally. Each year, Washington New Americans partners with the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to offer Citizenship Day events across Washington State.

Citizenship Day is a day-long workshop where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters come together to offer assistance with citizenship applications. All lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are welcome to participate. The assistance extended to the public on Citizenship Day is free.

The next Citizenship Day will be held on Saturday, September 19 at sites around the state. Additional “Mini Citizenship Days” are held throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events and how to volunteer, please email wna@weareoneamerica.org or visit http://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers.

If you live in the Seattle area and would like to volunteer to help the program run smoothly, please email WA New Americans.  Tasks include helping prepare for Citizenship Days, handling client inquiries, and general program administration.

Possible Roles:

INTERPRETER: Interpret verbatim between clients and paralegals or attorneys and other volunteer staff. Insure clients and paralegals/attorneys understand each other and the contents of all forms and 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 SUPPORT:  As directed by Site Coordinators, help 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 helping with food and drinks for volunteers.