Volunteering with Seattle JACL

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Volunteering is a great way to meet other passionate people with similar interests, hone your professional skills, and give back to the community. Seattle JACL relies on volunteer support to continue our rich history of civil rights advocacy and to challenge injustice in the future.

Seattle JACL is looking for motivated people to join key volunteer positions listed here. We have opportunities for YOU to get involved in no matter what your interests and skills are. Whether you have a lot of time, or occasional availability, your volunteering is a gift to the community. Let us know what you can commit to with your schedule, and we will get back to you shortly.

Volunteer Opportunities

Event Assistance

Help out at Seattle JACL events throughout the year! Events range from community celebrations, fundraisers, historical tours, cleanups of historical sites, educational workshops, our annual banquet, and much more.

  • Helping with setup/cleanup, greeting visitors, and running programs;
  • Annual events including the Olympia Legislative Day of Remembrance, Aki Kurose Middle School Cleanup, Annual Seattle JACL Banquet, Living Well Health Fair, and Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival.

Civic Engagement

Help promote year-round political participation and empowerment to advocate for issues critical to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assisting in the planning and facilitation of  civic engagement events;
  • Developing resources (e.g. pamphlets and social media materials) to assist voters in casting their ballots;
  • Reaching out to Japanese American King County voters to help answer questions on voting in WA state;
  • Registering new voters at King County community locations;
  • Providing Japanese/English interpretation to assist  non-English speakers.

Graphic Design

Create new professional collateral and materials for Seattle JACL, such as:

  • Designing informational brochures on Seattle JACL activities and events;
  • Developing social media and website elements;
  • Designing new swag – buttons, pins, t-shirts, and stickers to spread the word.

Newsletter Contribution

Collaborate with Seattle JACL board members on writing our monthly e-newsletters and quarterly newsletters (sent by mail to all chapter members).

  • Writing articles and content about Seattle JACL programs, events, and other community news;
  • Assisting with the editing and copywriting of the newsletters;
  • Improving our MailChimp performance and maintaining up-to-date lists.

While these are the open volunteer opportunities right now, if you have any ideas on how you would like to contribute to Seattle JACL, please contact us at membership@seattlejacl.org.


I am not sure what kind of volunteering I want to do; can I choose multiple options?
  • Please submit your application and we can discuss potential opportunities.
Does Seattle JACL provide service volunteer hours?
  • Yes, we are always more than happy to sign off on volunteer hours.
Is there a minimum age to volunteer at events?
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older unless accompanied by a parent.
I am not of Japanese descent, should I even apply?
  • Yes! Seattle JACL is committed to embracing and actively supporting a diverse community of volunteers and members to support our mission. Regardless of your sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, able-bodiedness, age, social class, or veteran status, we would love your help as a volunteer.
I am not a native English speaker. Can I apply?
  • Yes, applicants from all backgrounds are welcomed.
How do I sign up?
  • Please submit an application located right below the FAQ section. If you run into any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@seattlejacl.org.
What is it like to volunteer?
I have never been involved in Seattle JACL, what will it be like to be introduced to Seattle JACL as a volunteer?
  • Seattle JACL is completely volunteer-run and you will have an opportunity to learn first-hand just what it means to be a community based organization. Event volunteering is a fun and engaging way to meet Seattle JACL board members and volunteers for us to introduce ourselves and the work that we do.
Can I bring my family to volunteer with me at an event?
  • Yes, we have many opportunities that would be an exciting and meaningful volunteer experience for your whole family! Please let us know that you are interested in family-volunteering opportunities.
I have an additional idea on how I can get involved with Seattle JACL; how can I get started?
Volunteer Benefits
Are there internship opportunities?
  • Yes, there are opportunities for college/university interns to take part in a quarterly internship. Please contact us at membership@seattlejacl.org.
Are there any opportunities for employment with Seattle JACL?
  • As a community-based nonprofit chapter, we do not have any paid staff.
I would like to gain volunteer experience for college and job applications. What should I do?
  • Whether you are looking for a specific timeframe, volunteering in specific areas (e.g. youth education), or looking to apply your professional skills, we are flexible and would greatly appreciate your time as a volunteer. Please let us know of your preferences in the “What do you hope to gain…” section of the volunteer application form.

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