Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
How do I volunteer?
You can sign
I've never swung a hammer before -- can I still help out on
We welcome volunteers of ALL skill levels! We work hard to
match projects with the skill level of different volunteers.
If you're inexperienced, you might work on a painting or
landscaping crew, and you will ALWAYS be led by experienced,
knowledgeable house captains who can answer any of your
What if I'd like to help, but not with construction or
We have plenty of other opportunities for volunteers, including
administrative work, warehouse support, registration support,
photography & videography, translation, and volunteer
coordination. Let us know your interest area and we'll be
happy to find a role you'll love!
Where are your workday sites located?
Rebuilding Together Oakland works exclusively within the city of
Oakland. Other Rebuilding Together affiliates work in the
How old do I have to be to work on site?
You must be at least 14 years old to work on an RTO site.
All volunteers under 18 years of age are required to fill out
-- and must have their parents sign -- a separate minor
It's raining! What do I do?
Show up! There's always work that can be performed in any
What should I wear?
Wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting
dirty or covered in paint; please leave any jewelry or valuables at
home. Much of the work is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the
day's weather. RTO will provide all volunteers with workday
t-shirts to wear on-site.
What should I bring to the worksite?
First of all, bring a water bottle. Rebuilding Together Oakland
will provide all hand tools and safety items (goggles, gloves, etc)
for the day, but skilled or professional volunteers are encouraged
to bring their own power tools. Also, be sure to bring your
own personal comfort items - sunscreen, a hat and layered clothing
for weather changes.
What happens when I arrive for a workday?
Upon arrival, volunteers will receive an RTO workday tshirt that
everyone is required to wear on site. Volunteers must also
sign the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liabilities
Form, fill out two nametags for the front and back of their
t-shirts, and listen to a safety talk. After that, we'll go over
the day's assignments and be off to work!
Work days generally run from 8 AM to 5 PM.
How many people can work on site?
The optimal number of site volunteers depends on the site.
If you'd like to bring a large group of volunteers, RTO
staff and house captains will work with you to find an appropriate
site for your group. Smaller groups may be paired with other
organizations to meet the needs of a workday.
Is there a fee for individuals to volunteer on a
Nope! However, we encourage all of our volunteers to
consider making a donation to support our efforts.
What else should I know?
Smoking, alcohol, and headphones are not allowed on the site. We
also ask that you do not use cell phones on the work site as they
are distracting and can cause a safety hazard.
Due to the nature of RTO's mission, volunteers frequently serve
in unfamiliar neighborhoods. Please approach each worksite
and its surrounding community with an open mind and exercise sound
judgment with regard to personal belongings and general safety.
Our clients have endured a rigorous preview process before
welcoming volunteers into the homes where they have lived for many
years, and we ask that volunteers respect the dignity of each
homeowner and their community.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact
us. House captains are available if any issues arise on a
Become a volunteer today!