Volunteer with EACS

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Volunteers are the cornerstone of our work at EACS. Volunteers sometimes think they’re just playing jump rope with an 8 year old but they play an indispensable role in helping us serve the community.

To volunteer, review the after school program tutor and then Click Here To Apply To Volunteer or send an email to volunteer@eastafricancs.org for more information.


After School Program Tutor



Volunteer Highlight: Peter Schnurman

We are a nation of immigrants and that makes us strong, so that one of the best ways that I can help make our country even better and stronger is to help immigrants become US citizens. And EACS provides me with the means to do that in a comfortable and friendly setting. EACS believes in the same things that I do, and that is one of the reasons that I can’t wait to come here every morning to help.”

Peter has volunteered with EACS since 2007. Until he retired in 2005, Peter was a professional community organizer for non-profit organizations in Seattle, including United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, El Centro de la Raza, Food Lifeline, Senior Services, and Seattle Emergency Housing Service. An avid volunteer, he supports nonprofit organizations that are working to empower people–especially through the citizenship naturalization process. Peter and his wife have also been volunteering in non-profits internationally since 2000, working in Uganda, Namibia, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Peter has devoted thousands of hours toward the citizenship program, personally helping more than one hundred East African refugees and immigrants become naturalized citizens.


Volunteer Highlight: Carl Shutoff

Diversity is important and I want to do something to make this country a more accepting place. It wasn’t that long ago that my grandparents came here and I like to think there were people who helped them along the way. I believe in the words of Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty and it upsets me that it’s so hard for people to come to this country, people who are willing to work hard and improve the lives of their families . I love the folks I have been working with here; they are hard workers, they have humor and a lot of warmth. I’ve never experienced such gratitude in my whole life.”

Carl volunteers as a Citizenship Instructor on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 to 11 AM. East African Community Services is thankful that Carl shares with us his warm, gracious personality and wealth of knowledge accrued from many years in education.  Carl holds a PhD in French literature from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Washington. After retiring from his career in teaching, Carl couldn’t stay out of the classroom for too long. Inspired by his love for instruction and commitment to diversity, Carl joined our team at EACS and sustains one of our most longstanding flagship naturalization services.

When he isn’t volunteering for EACS, PAWS, or the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle, Carl plays in a folk band known as the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo – an accordion and clarinet duo playing traditional Jewish folk melodies of Eastern Europe, whose music honors the lives of Jewish immigrants.

East African Community Services would like to express our heart-felt appreciation for Carl’s dedication to enriching the New Holly community, and ensuring that so many of our immigrant and refugee clients attain a path a citizenship!


Volunteer Highlight: Stacey Johnson

I never knew how much I would enjoy helping people prepare for such an important event in their lives. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. I’m met with smiles, humor and kindness during every class and have been impressed with the dedication and hard work the students put into their time with me. I’m inspired by their personal stories and am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know such a wonderful group of people.”

Stacey volunteers as a Citizenship Instructor on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11 AM. Stacey graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in General Science and spent the bulk of her professional life in technology sales. After years of working in a highly competitive environment, she began reevaluating the direction of her future and began to focus on alternative career paths that may be more personally fulfilling.

Stacey has always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people and has a sincere interest, curiosity and appreciation for other cultures. She has decided to apply to the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Washington with the goal of working with diverse populations and immigrants. She is currently filling in for Peter and thoroughly enjoying the experience of helping people study for their citizenship exam.