Get Involved

Volunteer

The Wage Claim Clinic is made possible in large part by dedicated volunteers. It is because of the volunteers that we are able to extend our services to so many workers.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn more about issues that face low wage and immigrant workers, practice Spanish or other languages, and help workers to make legal claims to demand the money owed to them. We’re especially looking with volunteers interested in helping with:

  • Performing fact checking and investigation
  • Letter writing
  • Interpretation
  • Website maintenance
  • Administrative/clerical tasks
  • Education and outreach

However, if you have other interests and skills you think we could use, let us know!

Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say about their time with us:

“It is one of my favorite things about living in New Orleans. It means a lot to me.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to volunteer and make a positive impact on the community. I believe the WCC is an excellent resource for Loyola and the community at large.”

“[One thing I’ll always remember is] notarizing an agreement for a worker who received payment and I did his initial intake.”

“The workers I meet always inspire me.”

“My conversations with the workers [are the most memorable part.] In the pockets of time when you are in between steps in the intake process, and they tell you their stories, or where they’re from, or introduce you to their new baby. Those are my favorite moments…”

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact us!

Advocate

Because we understand that litigation alone will not solve the problems of unpaid wages and discrimination, we build alliances in the community to raise awareness of the challenges faced by low-wage workers and working families. Together we advocate for:

  • The rights of low-wage workers for greater access to government agencies, the court system, and before policymakers.
  • Within the court system to increase access to justice for low wage workers, creating a more streamlined system for bringing claims and recovering wages.
  • Within government agencies to raise awareness of the circumstances surrounding wage claims and for greater accountability from the agencies charged with protecting rights in the workplace.
  • For changes and modifications in the law, to bring greater worker protections to workers in the state of Louisiana, and to bring the voices and experiences of low-wage workers into the debate for economic security.

Contact us at info@wjpnola.org if you are volunteer interested in our policy-advocacy work, or if you are another community organization looking to partner advocacy efforts.