As our work has become more in-depth and ongoing with the immigrant community we serve, we have shifted to a model of working with longer-term interns and volunteers, who commit to serving approximately 10 hours a week for a 3 month season, allowing us to build the relationships necessary for the long term impacts we work for.
The application for seasonal intern and volunteer positions can be found at this link: https://forms.gle/gLxa694DGCgZscD59 (Please note, the application is updated seasonally. If it has not yet been updated for the next season, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your interest in applying).
Our current short-term volunteer opportunities primarily focus on providing childcare during our Children's Program which enables parents to learn and participate in services. We sometimes need volunteers during our monthly open houses and special events, as well as picking up delivers and organizing donations. On occasion, we work with volunteers who have a specific technical skill to offer, such as graphic design, non-profit capacity building consulting, legal expertise, or mental health/social work expertise.
Volunteers, supporters and friends of the organization can also help support our work through hosting a fundraiser, or sharing about our work with others.
If you are interested in our shorter term volunteer opportunities, please complete this form.
Do I have to speak Spanish to volunteer with El Zócalo? No, many volunteer positions do not require it. Those that do are marked
When do you have volunteer opportunities? We have morning, evening and weekend activities where we utilize volunteers
Can I bring my children with me while I volunteer? Generally Yes, there are some exceptions, so give us a heads-up first via email.
Can I come by the center and meet with you before volunteering? We prefer to use this form as an introduction that opens the doors to communication and questions. Checking out our website and Facebook page is also a great way to learn more about our work. Generally volunteer shifts listed include time at the beginning to get oriented and ask questions. Let's start here and if there are any special circumstances we can make time for talking in more depth.
Can I donate items to El Zócalo? Yes, we accept donations of gently used clothing for men, women and children, small household items, toys and basic educational and office supplies. You can bring them with you if your volunteer position is at our space.
Can I do an internship with El Zócalo? El Zócalo offers internships through an application process and places interns at the beginning of the spring, fall and sometimes summer semesters. We generally prefer interns to have a formal contract through their school, but occasionally take interns without this. We create a formal application prior to each semester and link it to this form. Feel free to email us for more questions in-between.
Can I receive school credit for volunteering? Yes, if you apply and are selected for an internship.
Can I receive service hours? Yes, please let us know, preferably in advance, that you will need someone to sign off on your hours. You are responsible for bringing any materials that we need to fill out.
Are you a 501c3 non-profit organization? Yes
Can I volunteer if I am a minor? We are generally open to receiving volunteers age 15 and up. It is preferred that younger volunteers are accompanied by a relative, teacher or friend.