Microgrants Volunteer Application: Grants or Research

United States or Canada
Microgrants
Volunteer
Trans Lifeline Microgrants needs your help!

Trans Lifeline Microgrants is a national trans-led project of Trans Lifeline that gives money to and advocates on behalf of trans folks attempting to navigate legal and bureaucratic systems.
At this time we are focusing on getting people moving forward on getting their legal documents for name and gender marker changes, which includes sending them financial assistance. Some folks who apply for our services want help doing the research around the bureaucracy and processes; some already know exactly what they need and have done the research. We practice recipient-centered and trauma-informed support, meaning we ask what folks want to see happen and how we can be of help if they need it. By listening to and trusting trans people, we allow them to self-determine their own path to care.
The Microgrants program has two volunteer opportunities to get involved in this work, Grants or research.

Grant volunteers are working directly with applicants for our services to communicate the information about their specific document processes, and to process their applications efficiently and smoothly. The volunteer position involves talking on the phone and doing research on a computer, so it is necessary to have access to a phone, a computer and the internet on a regular basis. Our grant volunteers are trained to listen non-judgmentally and help our community access resources, provide any help they may require or be a listening ear in a time of need. Our grant volunteers strive to be culturally competent and empathetic to help our diverse transgender community. We provide continuing training and support to all volunteers to reach these goals. We value the lived experience of our advocates.

A Research volunteer’s role is to help build our Microgrants resource library. Our Microgrants resource library relies on research of ID processes for each state, down to their counties if necessary, and requires constant maintenance as laws and fees change regularly over time. Without our researchers, we may miss hidden fees or documents associated in certain states. The goal, due to the overwhelming bureaucracy that comes with navigating ID changes, is to provide the recipient with enough accurate information and support to navigate these processes only once if possible. Our work not only eliminates these extra steps, but helps keep our recipients safe from interacting with environments that may be hostile. Research volunteers work to keep the library as up to date as possible, and seek out local resources such as clinics or legal services, to direct our clients to where they can be advocated for. Research entails looking up county or state fees and processes for name changes, and being in contact with county clerks about getting proper forms for the process. It also can include looking up publication processes in the counties that require it, and keeping up to date with fees and forms for state identification. The expectations of research volunteering is to go through brief training with other volunteers, attend a monthly research meeting, and to complete research assignments, usually two a month. Research involves a lot of computer work, sending emails, and oftentimes making phone calls to get the info you need.

Requirements

    • Be over 18.
    • Have access to a phone - you might be answering & making calls on your phone.
    • Have access to the internet - all our trainings and ongoing communication between our staff and you will be online. You also need to be access the internet to find resources and keep in touch with the Microgrants team.
    • Show empathy and compassion.
    • Must commit for a three month time period, after three months there will be a check in with TL staff and the option to continue.

Training

    • Online training course with self study resources and polls, discussions, live webinars, and individualized mentoring by phone or video conference.
    • Ongoing mentorship under experienced staff.
    • Ongoing training modules.
This is a work from home volunteer position for people in the US. All training and interviews will be conducted over phone or video chat.
Trans Lifeline Microgrants would not be possible without the help of people like you who have showed up to volunteer and support our community. More information is available on our website.

Microgrants is a project of Trans Lifeline - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization