Volunteer with the EJC
There are two main ways to volunteer with the EJC:
Volunteer with EJC Advocacy Campaigns
We need volunteers to help promote EJC’s legislative and enforcement campaigns designed to improve DC’s laws for workers and increase enforcement of existing workplace fairness laws. We need people who can help produce campaign materials, organize workers and other volunteers to take action, testify before the D.C. Council, write letters to the editor, consult on legislative drafting, host house parties or phone banks, and participate in countless other grassroots advocacy techniques. We are especially interested in volunteers who can help us maintain a strong social media presence and assist with blogging for our website, posting relevant articles, updates, pictures and videos to the EJC facebook page in an eye-grabbing way. Please contact us if you have:
- training or experience working with Facebook and Twitter for campaigns or non-profits;
- strong writing skills;
- experience writing blogs for advocacy purposes;
- a general interest and commitment to the mission of the EJC;
- ability to create memes a plus; and
- proficiency in video editing a plus.
Interested applicants please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
Volunteer with the EJC Workers’ Rights Clinics
Purpose: EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic is a walk-in advice clinic for low-wage workers. Under the general direction of the Clinic Coordinator, Intake Volunteers use a structured intake questionnaire to interview workers about their workplace issue, summarize the interview for on-site Advising Attorneys, and relay the attorneys’ advice to workers. They may also assist with writing demand letters and filing complaints with appropriate agencies or workplace supervisors.
It is essential that volunteers be able to treat each person who enters the Workers’ Rights Clinic with dignity, respect, and compassion and that they show a sincere interest in helping low-wage workers. The EJC works to provide meaningful pro bono opportunities to lawyers and law students, and also welcomes motivated individuals from outside the legal profession to help workers solve their workplace problems. No legal background or knowledge of employment law is required to volunteer at the clinic.
Benefits to the Volunteer: Volunteers develop their experience interviewing workers regarding legal issues. They gain knowledge of different areas of employment law, a new perspective on employee relations, increased confidence in their non-English language skills, and an improved understanding of how low-wage workers often struggle to achieve workplace justice.
Time Requirement/ Work Schedule:
All volunteers are required to complete training and observe the intake process before conducting intakes. Trained Intake Volunteers are expected to commit to volunteer at clinic at least once a month during clinic hours:
- NW Clinic: Every Wednesday – Intakes 6 pm-9 pm
- Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
- SE Clinic: Last Saturday of every month – Intakes 10 am-1 pm
- Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC
- NLSP Clinic: First and third Fridays of each month – Intakes 12 pm-4 pm
- Neighborhood Legal Service Program, 2811 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
Other Volunteer Needs
- Employment and Labor Attorneys!
- Volunteer with our education program!
- Administrative assistance in the office, such as maintaining files and entering client information into our database
- Attorneys to take pre-screened cases
- Law students to work in our office as interns conducting client intake, research and some case work
- Paralegals for intake, research and case work
- Spanish translators for client meetings and translating documents