The Clinic serves a large immigrant population and, as a result, we are always in need of translation/interpretation support. The Clinic’s internship programs are an excellent way for students to use their Spanish skills. If a student is in an advanced Spanish language program or is a native Spanish speaker, we encourage them to join our volunteer program as an intern or a regular and on-going volunteer who assists our staff with interpretation and document translation.
While Spanish is always one of our major needs, we also have a need for French, Arabic and Burmese speakers along with various other languages depending on our clients. If you have a second or native language other than English, please let us know. We have one-day events where your second language skills will be very helpful to our clients. For more information about our one-day events, please contact the Clinic’s Volunteer Coordinator.
Walk-in Legal Intakes
The Clinic has several intake locations around central Indiana as well as Fort Wayne. We are always in need of Spanish speaking volunteers to assist our Volunteer Attorneys in communicating with clients at our intake locations. Intakes are held every day of the week, except Sundays, at different churches and community centers. Intakes are designed as a point of entry for potential clients of the Clinic. At intakes potential clients are interviewed about their legal issue(s) and their information is entered into the Clinic’s case system. Intakes are two hours long and every intake is held at a different location and time. Your commitment as an interpreter is to do one intake a month with a regular monthly commitment; for example: Interpreter David Smith covers the 1st Monday of every month at St. Vincent Primary Care Center Intake from 4pm-6pm.
This position is a good fit for volunteers who want a taste of what the Clinic is all about without a time consuming commitment. This is also a great opportunity for students anxious to work on their interpretation skills and increase their knowledge and abilities in the area of legal interpretation. This position allows for client interaction as well as interaction with other volunteers of the Clinic.
One of the areas where two different types of volunteers can collaborate is with case referrals. Volunteer Attorneys agree to take cases regularly from the Clinic and many of our clients are either Spanish speaking or speak a language other than English and need interpreter support. The Clinic assigns Volunteer Interpreters to case referrals assigned to Volunteer Attorneys to assist our Volunteer Attorneys in communicating with the client. This position is great for volunteers who need to work remotely, as most of the work can be done via telephone or email. This position is also good for those volunteers interested in working one-on-one with clients and/or who have an interest in the legal field. The time commitment is on a case-by-case basis and is flexible. It is important to note that second language skills are compatible with any of the volunteer positions at the Clinic and those who have second language skills need not be restricted to these positions alone. For more information on how to get involved in other ways with the Clinic, please contact the Clinic’s Volunteer Coordinator.