Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of a legal practice, we ask our volunteers to be willing to undergo a background check, provide a personal reference, and provide the contact information of a pastor of their church, if applicable.
Our volunteers will sign a confidentiality agreement and all volunteers will be trained on the documents and application forms encountered in immigration work and how to scan documents to the New Hope ILS email. Those doing intake will be trained further.
We will have many languages spoken among or clients. We ask that clients bring an English- speaker, though often communication with that person may take effort. Volunteers grow in comfort with this as experience is had. The number of languages and needed availability of the proper interpreter for each appointment makes the securing of interpreters prohibitive. The method above works well in legal clinics across the United States.
Of the appointment hours, you can choose a minimum of a two to three hour block of time you are available to work.
For greeting, copying, and intake, we ask for a once a month commitment, but if you prefer to work more often, please indicate this.
For Naturalization Workshops, we ask that you commit to one Saturday of the scheduled workshop times. We will keep you notified of the times and scheduling of the workshops. We will offer them every couple of months.
You may choose to serve during appointment hours and for a Naturalization Workshop or for the two parts of the workshop on 2 consecutive Saturday mornings.
Please contact us if you have any questions while filling in these applications.