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ORGANIZATION: Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

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:

  • Every Tuesday from 8:30am-11:30am
  • Coverage Shifts - 3.5 to 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.

To Apply: Please email to get started!

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., 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
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Employment, Homeless & Housing


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

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