Photos of paper sales volunteers by Tyler Harchelroad
credit: Tyler Harchelroad

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Street Sense! As a community-based organization, we reserve many important functions for people like you who want to make a difference in the world around us.

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

Vendor Service volunteers will help homeless individuals work their way out of poverty by distributing social justice newspapers to them at our office.

Our vendors then sell Street Sense Newspapers for a profit to community members. This position involves building relationships with our vendors and ensuring that if they need any type of social services that we connect them to those services.

This work would be done in the Street Sense office in shifts from 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm Monday to Friday. It's a chance to not only learn about the issues facing those less fortunate in our community, but to be a highly effective change maker!

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

Street Sense is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003 with a mission to offer economic opportunities to people experiencing homelessness in our community through a newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. We publish a 16-page newspaper 26 times a year and have a current circulation of 13,000. The paper is distributed by our vendors, persons currently or formerly homeless, who keep 100% of the profit from sale of the paper.

We are developing a digital marketing and blog writing workshop for our vendors, with the goal of doubling participants income by training our talented writers to work in the digital world as an independent contractor - just as they do selling the newspaper. The first class is already underway and meets weekly. We have an immediate need for 1-2 volunteers to:

Search for available freelance jobs participants may obtain Create profiles for the class and its participants on jobs sites such as Elance, Odesk, etc Arrange for professionals in the field to be guest speakers in the class Possibly contribute to editing and feedback on class work

All of this can be done remotely and on your own