Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program

CARECEN’s citizenship and civic engagement program prepares permanent residents to pass the naturalization exam and become active and engaged US citizens.  Related opportunities include:

Mock Interviewer: 3 hour one-time commitment  (April, August, December)

Volunteers will act as USCIS officials and simulate the naturalization interview experience for citizenship students.   As a mock interviewer, you will help prepare aspiring U.S. citizens for the format, questions, and nerves they will experience on the day of their interview! Training is included immediately prior to the event.

Citizenship Teacher: 2.5 hour weekly commitment for 15 weeks

Are you a teacher at heart?  Support those applying for US citizenship by teaching a CARECEN citizenship class!  Each class is co-taught by two volunteer instructors using the CARECEN manual and curriculum.  Classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays (6-8 pm) and Saturdays (10-12 noon, 12:30-2:15, 2:30-4:30 pm).

CARECEN offers courses in English, as well as Spanish for those who qualify.  The current course schedules is:  January-April, May-August, and September-December.

Interpreter for Naturalization Interviews: (Weekdays as needed)

CARECEN serves many elderly clients who qualify to bring an interpreter to the interview in order to take the naturalization exam in Spanish.

Interviews take place at the USCIS field offices in Fairfax or Baltimore, and are generally scheduled from 7am-2pm on weekdays.  Interpreters should generally budget 4 hours per interview.

Email rachel.gittinger@carecendc.org to sign up to join the interpreter list and receive a training.

Citizenship Workshops: 5 hour one-time commitment

Come help eligible immigrants fill out their applications for citizenship! Our attorneys 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.

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.


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Thank you for the gift of volunteering your time!