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

We have opportunities for high school students, university students, law students, community members, and attorneys.

We have lots of things for you to do depending on your skills, interests and availability. Contact volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org if you have questions about volunteering.

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.


EBSC offers opportunities for high school students, university students, and law students (see opportunities for law students below).

Have you been an EBSC Student Intern in the past? Tell the world about your experience. Email volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org

Attorneys, Law Graduates, and Law Students

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is always looking for attorneys who are willing to take on our cases pro bono. Whether you are looking for experience in affirmative asylum or looking to reconnect with the refugee community, EBSC has a plethora of cases that need your help.

EBSC is happy to fill out form I-589 with the client and to prepare the relevant country condition documents. We are asking that volunteer attorneys prepare a declaration with the client and represent the clients in their affirmative asylum interviews. We are here to support you and guide you at any step of the case, as needed. We are also here as a wailing wall for any issues with DHS you may have. If you do not have time to write a declaration with a client, please feel free to let us know.  We have a lot of clients with complete declarations who need representation before the AO.

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 fill out their forms
  • Gathering supporting documents 
  • Researching country conditions evidence and do 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

Have you volunteered at EBSC in the past as a pro bono attorney?  Tell the world about your experience.  Email volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org

Community Members

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is always in need of the services of our community. Community members can help in a lot of ways.

Depending upon the time that you wish to volunteer at EBSC, you can partner with an immigrant family and help them adapt to life in the United States, help teach immigrants English as a second language, prepare Permanent Residents for a United States Civics exam which is part of their Naturalization Process, Fund raise for EBSC, and help administratively to ensure that EBSC continues to run like a well oiled machine. For more information please contact us at volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org

Any services that you could provide as a member of the community is greatly appreciated by EBSC. Can’t spare the time, then consider donating to EBSC.

Have you volunteered at EBSC as a member of the community in the past? Tell the world about your experience. Email volunteer@eastbaysanctuary.org