Vendor Service Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1317 G Street NWWASHINGTON, DC 20005

Our Paper Sales Volunteers at work!


Are you a hard-working and passionate individual looking to make a difference?

Street Sense is seeking motivated volunteers to assist with daily paper sales. 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 in 4-hour shifts either AM (9am-1pm) or PM (1pm-5pm) at least one shift per week

  • Alert paid-staff of any vendor needs or concerns

  • Prepare offices for vendor workshops and various meetings

  • 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 stairs

  • Should be able to lift and carry at least 20 pounds up and down at least one flight of stairs


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.

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  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Minimum 1 shift, 4 hours per week
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