Vendor Services Volunteer



Start Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


1317 G Street NW
United States


Are you concerned about the state of homelessness in DC? Are you a hard-working and passionate individual looking to make a difference? We need you at Street Sense!

Street Sense is seeking motivated volunteers to assist with selling papers at wholesale to our newspaper vendors- who go out in public to sell them for a profit. We have 3 weekly openings, every Monday from 9 am - 1 pm, Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm, and Friday 9 pm - 1 pm. We are also seeking on-call sales volunteers who can come occasionally when weekly volunteers are absent. Due to the relational quality of this position we request long term volunteers for 3-6+ months.

We are a non-profit offering economic opportunities to people experiencing homelessness by publishing a 16-page biweekly newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. Our newspaper vendors, persons currently or formerly homeless, sell the newspaper and keep 100% of the profit.

Paper sales volunteers are the backbone of our organization and have daily interaction with individuals experiencing homelessness. By volunteering, you will learn personal stories of homeless struggles, provide a necessary service for our vendors, and play a major role in supporting Street Sense's mission to end chronic homelessness in DC.


  • Distribute newspapers to vendors
  • Alert paid-staff of any vendor needs or concerns
  • Retrieve vendor mail, donations, and messages as requested
  • Assist Editorial staff with content-related tasks as needed
  • Assist Administrative staff with other office projects as needed


  • Must be able to communicate clearly in English
  • Basic understanding of computers, word processing and email
  • Must have basic math and cash handling skills
  • Should be able to navigate office environment which includes walking down hallways and using an elevator or stairs
  • Should be able to lift and carry at least 20 pounds over 100 ft or use a dolly


This position works directly with our vendors, many of whom are people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness and/or poverty. Successful volunteers will need to be able to demonstrate patience and understanding when dealing with people of diverse backgrounds, educational levels, and mental health.

If interested, please email with your availability for a 45 minute orientation during our (M-F 9-5) hours, as well as your anticipated start date, thank you!

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How To Apply

Please email with your availability for a 45 minute orientation, as well as your anticipated start date, thank you!