Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunitites

Thank you for your interest!  AnewAmerica has a wide array of volunteer opportunities, and we welcome many different types of volunteers—from business professionals to college students. There are a variety of ways you can help!

Volunteers work with our low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs from over 50 countries in the following areas: Business Plan Development, Operations, Sales, Marketing, IT, and Finance. Each project depends on entrepreneurs’ needs and volunteer availability. We ask that each individual volunteer commit a minimum of eight hours a week for at least one month. (However, this is not mandatory. We have flexible opportunities to suit your schedule.) Volunteers provide assistance to our entrepreneurs and staff members in our offices in Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, Concord and Richmond.

To get started, please download and complete the two forms below to inform us of your background and interest in volunteering. Then, fax them to (510) 540-7786, ATTN: Larena Burno.  For more information on how you can become involved, please contact Larena Burno at (510) 540-7785 ext. 305 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bridge 2 Success Intake Form

Volunteer and Confidentiality Agreement

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CURRENT POSITIONS:
Debt Advisory Professional
Financial professional? Help us help others!
AnewAmerica needs someone with the fiscal know-how to help in the development of a debt fund and capital-raising strategy. See the attached volunteer position description for more info.

 

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: CARLA GARCIA

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What made you decide to volunteer with AnewAmerica?

I was in my 3rd year at UC Berkeley and looking for volunteer opportunities or internships at local organizations. I fortuitously found a posting for a Copywriting Intern at AnewAmerica. I did some research on AnewAmerica and was really motivated to apply by its mission to help immigrants. I myself am a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, and I know well from the experiences of family and friends in the immigrant Filipino-American community the numerous challenges new Americans face in creating a new life in the US, with even more in starting their own business.

What projects were you involved with as a volunteer at AnewAmerica?

I started out as a Copywriting Intern, writing and editing copy for AnewAmerica’s entrepreneurs who participate in the Anew E-Store, hosted by WorldofGood.com. Then one day I was asked to recommend someone for taking pictures at the annual Social Responsibility Festival, and I said--me! In addition to photographing AnewAmerica events, I became the Photography Consultant for the 2010 Anew E-Store Training Program. I conducted seminars on basic product photography for AnewAmerica entrepreneurs in Berkeley and San Jose, and provided professional product photography services for them. It feels so rewarding to see my work in action and to know that I've helped our entrepreneurs expand their businesses into the online market.

What have you observed about the challenges facing new American entrepreneurs in the Bay Area? As a volunteer and consultant, what have you observed is the importance of AnewAmerica’s work in new American communities?

AnewAmerica does an amazing job at gathering resources regarding numerous aspects of starting a business and making the information accessible and welcoming to immigrant entrepreneurs. What is unique about AnewAmerica is its staff of people who are genuinely passionate about giving back to the community and who are also either fluent in the clients' native tongue or are patient and helpful when it comes to difficulties with English. AnewAmerica helps ensure that immigrants who have not completely mastered English can still grow their ideas as long as they have the drive to do so.

Anything else you would like to add?

I highly recommend interning with AnewAmerica to all those looking to improve their community and themselves. As my experience suggests, there are so many possibilities for interns to get involved with different kinds of projects--some you don't even expect, yet turn out to be fantastic. I am grateful that such an organization exists in my community.