Civic Education Program

CARECEN offers 12 week civics and English classes for those aspiring to US Citizenship. Related opportunities include:

Mock Interviewer: 3 hour one-time commitment

Want to volunteer as a mock interviewer for students of CARECEN’s citizenship classes? As the culmination of their 12-week session, citizenship students will meet with volunteers who will simulate the naturalization interview that prospective citizens have with immigration officers. After the volunteer training you will be placed in an office, where you will act as an immigration officer giving the citizenship test to students who will be called in individually. NO SPANISH NEEDED!

Citizenship Workshops – 5 hour one-time commitment

Come help eligible immigrants fill out their applications for citizenship! Our attorney will train you on the process after which we will begin filling out the applications (form N-400), for those who have made appointments with CARECEN for this workshop.

Citizenship Teacher: 2 hour weekly commitment for 12 weeks

Classes are Tuesdays (6-8 pm) and Saturdays (10-12 noon, 2:30-4:30 pm)
Do you enjoy teaching and want to help students prepare for their citizenship interview and exam? CARECEN needs citizenship class teachers for its 12-week sessions. Teachers instruct in English or Spanish depending upon the class, and will cover different aspects of United States history and government. If enough volunteers are available, we pair teachers together for each class so that they can cover for each other when needed.

ESL Teacher: 2 hour weekly commitment for 12 weeks

Classes are Wednesdays (6-8pm) and Saturdays (12:30-2:15pm). Want to help candidates to U.S. citizenship improve their English and prepare for the citizenship exam? CARECEN offers an ESL component for our citizenship prep class for those students who want to practice reading, writing and conversation.


On a need basis, usually week nights and Saturdays, but times can be arranged with the student. We usually offer tutoring to those individuals who will take their naturalization exam soon. They generally need intensive preparation in answering the test questions and practicing their English. Please call or email to find out about current tutoring opportunities.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to upcoming sessions – we will need people for future classes as well. Contact us!

Civic Engagement Campaign Volunteer

Join CARECEN! Become a friend, volunteer and activist by getting involved in campaigns we organize around issues of concern to the Latino community. In 2012 we will continue training community leaders to advocate on behalf of their peers, we will grow our efforts to promote citizenship and we will advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

Current Campaigns include:
Permanent Residence for Central Americans with Temporary Protected Status
Voter Registration and Education

Administrative Support

Ideal for high school and college students. Provide assistance with data entry, help organize educational events such as workshops and informational sessions. Help staff with clerical duties such as general filing and correspondence work, answering phones as needed. Skills required: attention to detail, good computer skills, and diligence. Spanish preferred. Potential for learning and growth in this position. Great language immersion and service-learning opportunity!
Both experienced and inexperienced volunteers are welcome!

Legal Services

If you are an attorney and would like to offer pro bono assistance please visit our Pro Bono Opportunities Page.


To sign up to volunteer please FILL OUT THE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FORM. A staff member will get back to you with information about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Thank you for the gift of volunteering your time!