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Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

Real Change

Real Change is looking for volunteer editorial illustrators and cartoonists who are interested in contributing their incredible talents to our weekly, award-winning newspaper! Founded in 1994, Real Change is a nonprofit that provides an immediate employment opportunity to homeless and low-income individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest. Highly regarded as the leading street newspaper in North America, the content of the Real Change Newspaper unwaveringly focuses on, and takes action for, racial, social, and economic justice.

This position is completely virtual, with no in-office work required. We are looking for talented illustrators with the following skill sets:

  • Ability to provide illustrations in black and white or color, to compliment newspaper op-eds, book reviews, covers, feature stories, and more.
  • Understanding of image resolution and print media
  • Willingness to provide source files and/or accept edits, if needed
  • Responsive and able to reply to emails within approximately 24 hours
  • Ability to work independently, with the assistance of the Real Change Arts Editor when needed
  • Experience with half-tones and printing on newspaper is preferred, but not required
  • Providing color images in CMYK and black/white in grayscale is preferred, but not required
As an artist with Real Change, typical assignments will include requests for:
  • Cover or feature illustrations based on assigned concepts (open to the artist's interpretation)
  • Specific illustrations (more directed, such as artwork for specific book reviews)
  • "Spot the Difference" comics
If you're interested in contributing your artwork and talents to Real Change, please reply to this post or email with examples of your work (we accept examples through your portfolio, website or other online medium, or attachments to the email).

Real Change is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit.
Poverty and homelessness disproportionately affects people of color, which is reflected in the population of Real Change vendors. We are committed to representing a wide array of artists, especially on the cover, and to fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture. We value and strive to support all artists, regardless of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical ability, political affiliation, religion and any other non-merit factor.

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About Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project


219 1st Ave S., Suite 220, Seattle, WA 98104, US

Mission Statement

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.


Founded in 1994, the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project is an award-winning nonprofit newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity to homeless and low-income people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Highly regarded as the leading street newspaper in North America, Real Change provides a low-barrier employment opportunity to an average of 250 homeless and low-income individuals each month while challenging the structures that create poverty. We envision a just, caring and inclusive community, where people are no longer marginalized by racism and classism and have the means to live with dignity. To read more about the Real Change Vendors who earn income by selling the street newspaper, please read profiles published at

Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Visual Arts
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Animation Software
  • Journalism


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 1

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