Volunteer Opportunities

We are so excited that you are interested in volunteering with us!

If you have any questions or have other volunteer ideas please email us at volunteer (at) arabcenterwa (dot) org

We are so excited that you want to volunteer with ACW! We are always looking for general volunteers, in addition to needing to fill some specific positions, so please send us an email and we will contact you shortly!

Office Assistant
Under the direction of the President and Grant Administrator, perform office tasks such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, making phone calls, assisting with event planning and logistics.
Qualifications: Ability to use MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ability to work independently, reliable and punctual, available between 8-5 M-F with perhaps some weekend hours.
Time commitments: Varies – up to 10 hrs/week as arranged in advance


Cooking Class Coordinator
Purpose: to help coordinate cooking classes taught by local Arabs
Responsiblities: contact members of the community to volunteer to demonstrate a recipe, purchase/coordinate supplies and food for the class, relay event date, times, location and cost to the Arab Center administrator
Qualifications: ability to coordinate an event
Time commitments: at the coordinators discretion, we would like to have a minimum of one cooking event/year – each cooking class takes approximately 20 hours of coordination time – this includes 4 hours at the cooking event itself



Programming Lead – Arab Festival
Work with performers, lecturers and others to schedule all on-stage activities under the direction of the Festival Facilitator; collect all program copy and technical data sheets by deadline
Qualifications: Experience scheduling events and ability to work with a wide variety of people in a respectful manner.  A knowledge of technical requirements for performers is helpful, but not required.
Time commitments: 50-100 hours, depending on event scope (tied to funding) – must be able to attend regular programming meetings and respond quickly to members of the team; must be onsite for the entire festival.


Lead Decorator – Arab Festival
Responsiblities: Lead the design and implementation of Arab Festival theme throughout the Seattle Center/Festal event with the use of fabric and other media to create festival atmosphere.
Qualifications: Experience with designing backdrops and laying out signage for a large indoor/outdoor event.
Time commitments: monthly meetings plus work sessions as needed – perhaps 50 hours total


Children’s Activities Helpers – Arab Festival
Purpose: Assist the Children’s Activity Coordinator in delivering children’s activities during the Festival or at other events; may include some preparation time prior to the festival
Responsibilities: Assigned tasks may include: face painting, arts/crafts activities, assisting with or leading workshops; other as determined
Qualifications: Commitment to providing appropriate cultural learning activities for girls and boys ages 4-18. Ability to clearly communicate both ideas and the details to go with them.
Time commitments: Depends on the task; a minimum of 3 hours is generally expected


Stage Manager- Arab Festival – multiple positions available
Responsiblities: Duties: coordinate with performers, MCs and sound and stage technicians to ensure performances go on stage on time and end on time. Will report to a Lead Stage Manager and the Programming Chair.
Qualifications: Punctuality, ability to multi-task, calm demeanor under pressure. It is helpful if you have some kind of stage or technical theatre experience, but not necessary.
Time commitments: 3 or 4 hour shifts


MC for the Arab Festival
Purpose: Welcome guests and introduce artists while stage crew is setting up for the next act. May require some ad-lib information/advertising about festival activities to help attendees be aware of the various venues at the festival.
Note: there are two stages that need MCs, plus MC’s to introduce the lecture and/or film series.
Responsibilities: Must be punctual and show up 30 minutes or more prior to assigned time. Must remain in the area assigned and the stage manager must know where you are at all times.
Qualifications: Comfort with public speaking; ability to greet everyone in Arabic is a plus, but not required.
Time commitments: Most shifts are two hours; longer is possible. May require attending a pre-festival volunteer meeting for all stage crew.


Photographer/Videographer (could be more than one person) – Arab Festival
Purpose: Will take photos of all aspects of the festival and/or video selected segments
Responsibilities: Commit to being onsite for the full shift or shifts and release all photo and/or video materials with full rights to the Arab Center of Washington. Reports to Festival Facilitator.


Fashion Show Participants – Arab Festival
Purpose: Model and/or lend clothing for the Arab Fashion Show
Time commitments: Afternoon on both days October 8-9 of the festival