Volunteer Spanish Interpreter

Published

04/17/2018

Start Date

06/01/2018

End Date

09/30/2018

Time Commitment

A few hours per month

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Multiple locations
Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

Volunteer Spanish Interpreter


DC Greens uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation’s capital. We’re working toward a city where food education is on the menu in every classroom; where doctors write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables as a matter of course; where urban agriculture is a valued element of our cityscape; and where zipcode doesn’t determine life expectancy.


Position Summary: DC Greens is assembling a team of volunteer Spanish language interpreters to help distribute Produce Plus checks and support customers as they shop at farmers’ markets. Produce Plus is a farmers' market nutrition incentive program through which DC residents who receive SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare QMB, WIC, TANF, SSI Disability, and Senior Grocery Plus are eligible to receive up to $20 per week to spend on fresh fruit and vegetables at DC farmers' markets. Volunteer Interpreters will work at various farmers’ markets locations throughout the District supporting customers, market staff and other volunteers.


Time Commitment: Produce Plus begins June 1st and runs through September. Volunteers can pick the markets, duration and frequency of shifts that work best for their schedules. We ask volunteers to commit to at least two market shifts per month.


Specific markets in need of support are the following:

  • Columbia Heights Farmers' Market (Wednesdays, 3-6 PM)
  • Columbia Heights Farmers' Market (Saturdays, 8AM - 12PM)
  • 14&U Farmers' Market (8:30AM - 12PM)
  • 14&Kennedy Farmers' Market (8:30AM - 12PM)
  • Mt. Pleasant Farmers' Market (8:30AM - 12PM)
  • Petworth Farmers' Market (8:30AM - 12PM)
  • Shaw Farmers' Market (Sundays, 9:30AM - 12:30PM)


Responsibilities:

  • Provides interpretation between Spanish and English for customers, farmers’ market staff and volunteers
  • Renders correct concepts and meanings between Spanish and English following complexity, clarity and style from one language into another
  • Provides strict renditions of the messages including conversation details
  • Utilizes great customer service and communication skills and remains calm during conversations


Qualifications:

  • Conversational fluency or near fluency in Spanish and English including advanced skills in the cultural implications and idiomatic expressions
  • Ability to remain neutral and objective during conversations
  • Ability follow program instructions closely
  • Must be comfortable working at a wide variety of farmers’ market environments and locations
  • Ability to communicate respectfully with diverse groups is required


Benefits:

  • Opportunity to utilize specialized language skills in a diverse setting
  • Gain volunteer experience for related work and education purposes


Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

How To Apply

maryalice@dcgreens.org
http://www.dcgreens.org/brigade

Please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to Mary Alice at maryalice@dcgreens.org.


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