We rely on the generous support of our volunteers to keep our programs going and reach more people.

We have opportunities for a variety of skill sets, interests and availability and we welcome high school students, university students, law students, community members, and attorneys.

Possibilities include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Doing intakes and filling out paperwork for clients.
  • Translating documents
  • Helping with answering phones, running errands, etc.
  • Working on fundraising and outreach projects
  • Writing articles for our newsletter, the Exodus
  • Serving as a translator during an asylum interview.
  • Accompanying and advocating for asylum-seekers and immigrants during interviews and appointments.
  • Teaching English as a second language.
  • Teaching basic United States Civics to immigrants that are preparing to naturalize as United States Citizens.
  • Partnering with refugee families and guide their adaptation to the United States community.
  • Helping sell crafts.

Spanish is helpful, particularly if you would like to work with clients, but is not required. We have plenty of tasks and projects that need doing that do not require a second language. If you do speak Spanish or another language fluently, we are always looking for people to serve as interpreters and translators.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org.


Attorneys, Law Graduates, and Law Students

Whether you are looking for experience in affirmative asylum or to reconnect with the refugee community, EBSC has a plethora of pro bono cases that need your help.

Volunteer attorneys prepare a declaration with clients and represent clients in their affirmative asylum interviews. If you do not have time to write a declaration with a client, we have a lot of clients with complete declarations who need representation before the AO.

Support from EBSC

EBSC fills out form I-589 with the clients and prepares the relevant country condition documents. We support you, listen to you, and guide you at any step of the case, as needed. 

Volunteer possibilities for attorneys, law graduates, and law students include:

  • Representing clients at their asylum interviews before USCIS
  • Working with clients on drafting their asylum declarations and filling out their forms
  • Gathering supporting documents 
  • Researching country conditions evidence and doing legal analysis 
  • Helping with other types of affirmative immigration applications (U visas, residency, citizenship, DACA, TPS)
  • Working with unaccompanied minors (asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status)
  • Assisting with EBSC’s immigration court docket

For more information please email kaveena@eastbaysanctuary.org