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Updated 7/10/20: Due to ongoing COVID-19 health crisis we are taking a break from onboarding any new volunteers (except for the Food Pantry, see below). Most of Canal Alliance’s programs will be on hiatus until further notice. Please check back here for future updates on volunteer opportunities.

Our ESL Program integrates relevant teaching practices in grammar, writing, listening-speaking, and reading in an inclusive environment that develops students’ language as well as the cultural awareness that they will need to thrive. Through the lens of empowering the whole person, the ESL program complements the wraparound services Canal Alliance provides so that very low-income, adult immigrants can improve their access to education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to ultimately get on the pathway out of poverty. Canal Alliance’s ESL Program prepares Latino immigrants to feel empowered, supported and motivated to lift barriers to their success through a communicative language framework alongside strengths-based learning.

Canal Alliance offers 15-week sessions during the mornings and evenings at Canal Alliance and Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael. Mandatory orientations and training must be completed.



Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

Youth between 16 and 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on every shift.


Minimum 2 hours per week for at least one full semester, with minimal absences, and attempt to find own sub from the list provided when necessary.


Winter Semester: January 27-April 30, 2020


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