Get Involved – Volunteer FAQS

What we do

Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối offers a variety of classes. We serve a diverse group of individuals including adults, seniors, clients, recent graduates, and young professionals living in the greater Seattle area. The majority of our clients are limited-income. Our efforts assist Vietnamese refugees, immigrants, and Vietnamese Americans in their effort to settle and integrate in their new country, strengthen the Vietnamese community and promote cultural harmony.

Note: At this time we are unable to provide community service hours for high school students or accept court-ordered community service requests.
If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Resource Coordinator at volunteer@helpinglink.org

FAQs

Do I have to speak Vietnamese to volunteer?

Our volunteer opportunity is open to everyone from every background and nationality. Although it is helpful to know some Vietnamese, it is not required. So don’t hesitate to apply today!

How old do I have to be to be a volunteer?

The minimum age to Volunteer at Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối is 18 but anyone younger may also volunteer provided that we obtain a letter of permission from your parent/guardian.

Is there anything I can do at night or on weekends?

Of course! We are well always in need of help! We completely understand the pressures a job can bring and we are aware of the restricted time and availability. Other than weekdays, we also need help in the evenings and weekends as well! Take a look at our volunteer needs. You can find something that fits your schedule.

I’m interested! What is the process to become a volunteer?

1. Take a look at the volunteer job description page online.
2. Download the Volunteer application form online.
3. Fill it out and send it back to us at mdnguyen@helpinglink.org or drop it off at the Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối office.
4. You will be scheduled to attend a mandatory orientation.
5. A Washington State Background Patrol check will be conducted for all volunteer applicants. You will be contacted for an interview.

*Your interview is a chance for us to learn about you, what you’re looking for when volunteering, and which positions will best fit you.

What kind of commitment is there?

Commitment levels vary in terms of time, depending on your volunteer position. We ask that you commit to come at your scheduled times for all volunteer positions. If for some reason you will not be able to make it to your scheduled times, we asked that you let us know in advance. All volunteers are required to commit to at least one year. Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối volunteers may choose to work only one special event each year, but may spend many hours a week helping with that event. The success of Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối’s programs is due solely to the efforts of volunteers, the financial support of special individuals and the community’s participation in these programs. It’s an important and precious job, and so we do expect a high level of commitment and professionalism from our volunteers. However, the rewards are tremendous!

What kind of services do you provide?

We offer language and computer literacy classes, citizenship training, tutoring, youth leadership programs, community information, and referral services.
We also provide social services referral to:

  • Aging Services
  • Medical/Mental Health Counsel
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse Counsel
  • Youth Services
  • Drug/Alcohol/Sub Abuse
  • Develop/Learning Disability
  • Childcare Services
  • Legal Services
  • Housing Services
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Driver’s Training Services
  • Training Services
  • Energy Assistance
  • Employment Services

What kind of volunteer positions are available at Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối?

Volunteer positions vary widely, from English as a Second Language (E.S.L) teachers, to computer lab monitors, fund development assistants, or even office assistants. Take a look at the brief descriptions here. We’re confident you will find something that fits your interests and availability.

Do I have to speak Vietnamese to volunteer?

Our volunteer opportunity is open to everyone from every background and nationality. Although it is helpful to know some Vietnamese, it is not required. So don’t hesitate to apply today!

How old do I have to be to be a volunteer?

The minimum age to Volunteer at Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối is 18 but anyone younger may also volunteer provided that we obtain a letter of permission from your parent/guardian.

I’m pretty limited in my availability because I work during the day. Is there anything I can do at night or on weekends?

Of course! We are well always in need of help! We completely understand the pressures a job can bring and we are aware of the restricted time and availability. Other than weekdays, we also need help in the evenings and weekends as well! Take a look at our volunteer needs. You can find something that fits your schedule.

I’m interested! What is the process to become a volunteer?

1. Take a look at the volunteer job description page online.
2. Download the Volunteer application form online.
3. Fill it out and send it back to us at mdnguyen@helpinglink.org or drop it off at the Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối office.
4. You will be scheduled to attend a mandatory orientation.
5. A background check will be conducted for all volunteer applicants. You will be contacted for an interview.

*Your interview is a chance for us to learn about you, what you’re looking for when volunteering, and which positions will best fit you.

What kind of commitment is there?

Commitment levels vary in terms of time, depending on your volunteer position. We ask that you commit to come at your scheduled times for all volunteer positions. If for some reason you will not be able to make it to your scheduled times, we asked that you let us know in advance. All volunteers are required to commit to at least one year. Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối volunteers may choose to work only one special event each year, but may spend many hours a week helping with that event. The success of Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối’s programs is due solely to the efforts of volunteers, the financial support of special individuals and the community’s participation in these programs. It’s an important and precious job, and so we do expect a high level of commitment and professionalism from our volunteers. However, the rewards are tremendous!

What kind of services do you provide?

We offer language and computer literacy classes, citizenship training, tutoring, youth leadership programs, community information, and referral services.
We also provide social services referral to:

  • Aging Services
  • Medical/Mental Health Counsel
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse Counsel
  • Youth Services
  • Drug/Alcohol/Sub Abuse
  • Develop/Learning Disability
  • Childcare Services
  • Legal Services
  • Housing Services
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Driver’s Training Services
  • Training Services
  • Energy Assistance
  • Employment Services

What kind of volunteer positions are available at Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối?

Volunteer positions vary widely, from English as a Second Language (E.S.L) teachers, to computer lab monitors, fund development assistants, or even office assistants. Take a look at the brief descriptions here. We’re confident you will find something that fits your interests and availability.