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Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

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About: Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunities to homeless and low-income people. If you're interested in working directly with Real Change newspaper vendors, we would love to have you volunteer at our Sales Desk!

The Sales Desk volunteer assists homeless and low-income Real Change vendors when they come into the office, and acts as the receptionist for our Pioneer Square office. Your specific duties would include: Interacting with vendors when they buy papers and come into the office, light office tasks such as typing and filing mail, and data entry into a FilemakerPro database (we will teach you how to use this user-friendly system). We want our vendors and other program members to feel welcome and safe when they come into the Real Change office, as oftentimes this is the one place that they are treated with dignity. Our sales desk volunteers are that first, friendly point of contact when they come to our office.

Time Commitment: We are currently looking for volunteers to fill:

  • Coverage Shifts - 4-hour shifts on an as-needed, coverage basis. When our current sales desk volunteers go on vacation, get sick, and/or have other commitments or emergencies come up, we need volunteers to help us cover these Monday-Saturday shifts! Generally, coverage volunteers serve anywhere from 1-3 shifts per month.

Skills Required: Experience with computers is a must; familiarity with FileMaker Pro or other databases is helpful. Since you will have regular contact with people who are homeless/poor, strong communication skills are essential. You must be able to multitask and work well without supervision. Patience and the ability to work both under pressure and during down-time is required. Retail/cashier experience is helpful in this position.

Restrictions : You must be 18 or older for this volunteer position. Sorry, we cannot accommodate court-ordered volunteers or service-learning students in this particular role (though if you would like to volunteer in other ways, we are happy to discuss options to fulfill your hours requirement!).

To Apply: Please contact Katie, the Volunteer Coordinator, by e-mailing or calling (206) 441-3247 ext. 212

To learn more about Real Change and our Vendor Program, visit

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About Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project


219 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, US

Mission Statement

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


The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project was founded in 1994 as a street newspaper offering immediate employment options for the poor and homeless and to challenge the structures that create poverty. Our mission is to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice. Over the last twenty years, Real Change has grown to become the leading street newspaper in North America. In 2013, our weekly newspaper sold over 718,000 copies and employed a monthly average of 325 people.


We'll work with your schedule.


96 S. Main St.Seattle, WA 98104



  • Office Reception
  • Customer Service
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm Shifts

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