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Organizations Seeking Bilingual Volunteers
Human Solutions, Inc.
As it identifies and counteracts causes of poverty in East Multnomah county and neighboring areas of Portland, Human Solutions often needs translators, especially (but not limited to) Russian and Spanish. Language-specific positions and corresponding contact information can be found under the "Resident Services" heading on the volunteer page.
IRCO is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a 25-year history of assisting over 45,000 refugees and immigrants through the various stages of integration into U.S. society. IRCO’s mission is to assist refugees, immigrants and multi-ethnic communities to develop self-sufficiency and cultural awareness while affirming and preserving each culture within an ever-changing global environment. See their volunteer page for opportunities and contact information.
"Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS) serves the Russian-speaking population in Portland and Southwest Washington. ROSS provides services such as English (ESL) classes, citizenship preparation classes, computer classes, community orientation, agency referrals, domestic violence services, mental health counseling, breast health education, dental care and pro-bono legal consultations." Visit the volunteer page or call 503.777.3437.
El Pilar School
This Spanish immersion daycare needs fluent volunteers to speak Spanish with children, feed infants and toddlers, and assist teachers. The daycare's hours are 9-6 Monday-Friday. Contact Imma Herrera at 503.892.9009.
El Programa Hispano (Run by Catholic Charities)
Volunteers tutor for ESL classes, interpret at the immigration court, participate in the Intercambio program (one night monthly of language exchange), intern in the office, and more. El Programa Hispano also has a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program. What these volunteers do includes working with a domestic violence survivor's support group - whether it is through art projects, group discussions, and various other group activities; accompanying women to court to help fill out restraining orders, and/or acting as support while they are in court; helping to plan special events (such as upcoming Christmas party); or answering phones in the office (good way to practice Spanish!) Conversational Spanish is important, as is the ability to attend a 40-hour Intro. to Domestic Violence training (beginning in January). 2 hours/week; or bi-monthly if every week is too much commitment.
Friendly House is a social services agency serving a growing number of latinos. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to) childcare, van driving, and art classes; see the full listing on the opportunities page.
Address: 1737 NW 26th Avenue (at Thurman St.) Portland, OR
VOZ: Proyecto de Educacion de Derechos Laborales
This organization works for rights among the Hispanic day laboring population. They need bilingual office helpers and teachers for ESL classes.
Miracle Theater produces plays in Spanish by local authors. There are tons of opportunities available; you could help with community outreach efforts, read/review/recommend plays in Spanish, make props/costumes/etc, usher at play performances, or be an ESL tutor (for starters). If interested, fill out a volunteer application.
Address: 425 SE 6th, Portland, OR 97214
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Provide English language tutoring to primarily Spanish speaking inmates. Inmate literacy levels vary from non-literate to beginning. Volunteers work one on one or as part of a team aiding staff members with testing and instruction. Available tutoring hours vary -- primarily daytime, weekday business hours. All volunteers receive basic safety and security training, tour of jail facilities, and basic ESL tutoring training. Access the volunteer page for more specific information.
Volunteer Literacy Tutoring (VLT) Through P.C.C.
The Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program (VLT) provides individualized instruction in basic literacy, English language and math skills. A growing number of VLT sites also offer the opportunity to develop computer literacy. The program serves 1500-2000 adult literacy students each year by matching them on a one-to-one or small group basis with 800 volunteer tutors throughout the city. Volunteers donate an average of 50,000 hours each year. The program has seven sites city-wide, where volunteers can access instructional materials, meet with their students, receive training or meet with a tutor coordinator.
Centro Cultural of Washington County is looking for five volunteers to act as in-home trainers for a highly successful Latino technology empowerment program. Adelante Con Tecnologia is an Intel-sponsored, community backed initiative that levels the technology playing field for Latino children and their education. Your role in this program will be to demonstrate online resources to Latino parents using the latest IT equipment. The drop out rate for Latino children in Washington County is over 20%. This training could open doors and provide resources to help Latino children to finish school and enroll in college. Full training provided as well as technology. You must have a car, be fluent in Spanish and 18 years old or older and be able to volunteer up to 6 hours weekly in the evenings. For more information, see the volunteer page, or call 503.359.0446.