Washington New Americans Citizenship Days: 9/19 & Ongoing

Position: Citizenship Day Volunteer
Open to: All law students
Time commitment: 1 Day (Saturday, 9/19, or other upcoming days)
Location: September 19 sites include Renton, Pasco and Moses Lake. 
Type of Supervision and Training: Staff from the New Americans Program at OneAmerica provides training
Application Process: Complete the Volunteer Form located here.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact: wna@weareoneamerica.orghttp://www.wanewamericans.org/Citizenship_Day_Volunteers

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.

Volunteer law students and paralegals typically provide interpretation assistance (particularly those with Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese skills) and help volunteer attorneys conduct interviews of participants, meeting one on one clients to help complete naturalization forms. Interpreters are provided if you do not have the requisite language skills, though Spanish-speaking volunteers are always particularly needed, as are volunteers who are willing to help with general event support, such as set up/take down at the facilities, signage, client intake, routing of clients, copying and assembling documents, and answering questions.

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.