Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education

Minimum Age:16+

Day of serVOZ (all ages) *MLK Weekend 2019*

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Mission: Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity.

For this service project:Be ready to engage with local day laboreres and  scratch your community outreach bone by canvassing the local neighborhood. Most of the group will go out with VOZ staff and post fliers in the Portland community. Those who cannot flier will help us clean up the community surrounding the MLK, Jr. Worker Center.

More about our work 
We fight for justice for day laborers through three major programs: the MLK Jr. Worker Center, Internal Organizing, and External Organizing. The MLK Jr. Worker Center connects approximately 600 day-laborers per year to over 4,000 local employers. In 2016, day laborers earned almost $400,000 in wages through jobs found at the Worker Center. The Worker Center is a safe, dignified space for the day laborer community to gather in search of work. We offer workforce development skills, health, and safety training. We also guarantee labor protections such as a $15 minimum wage, and resources for victims of wage theft.

- Internal Organizing
Our Internal Organizing program is focused on building leadership within the day laborer community. We offer leadership development workshops at the Worker Center on topics ranging from Facilitating a Meeting to Mass Incarceration. We use Popular Education methodologies – an empowering practice of mutual teaching and learning that aims to name and transform realities of oppression – in all of our work. Our Internal Organizer works with day laborers on the street corner and at the Center to build knowledge of their rights and build community power.

- External Organizing

​Our External Organizing program brings the voice and perspective of day laborers to community organizing and policy advocacy efforts. We believe that sustainable grassroots social change comes from building strong, diverse coalitions that address the root causes of systemic oppression. We fight for immigrant and worker rights in local, state, and national coalitions, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft, the Coalition of Communities of Color, and Portland Stands United Against Hate – to name just a few!

Project Requirements:

  • This project is for all ages! However, any volunteer under age 16 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children/additional volunteers you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. Questions? Email teams@handsonportland.org 

  • Team Captains are only able to reserve up to 50% of the spots on any individual MLK Weekend of Service Project. Team Captains are required to provide names and email addresses for each team member (over the age of 13) in order to hold spaces on a volunteer project or they may be removed from the project. Questions? Email teams@handsonportland.org

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project: log in to your volunteer account and click "Manage My Team" next to the appropriate upcoming opportunity.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355.

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