Individual Volunteers

Opportunities For Individuals

We love San Francisco and we know you do, too! If you’re looking for a small but mighty organization with which to serve your city, you’ve come to the right place. The ways that you can get involved are countless: Check out some of our volunteer roles below. Everyone’s bound to find their niche!

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Program Volunteer

Outline of role:
Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) Program Volunteer facilitates our client intake process. This vital role enables RTSF to serve clients in need effectively and efficiently. By working in our sunny office on Pier 28 at Embarcadero and Bryant, your efforts inputting applications, conducting phone screenings with applicants, and documenting their needs helps us serve San Francisco’s most vulnerable population and gives you an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with San Francisco residents who appreciate a caring ear.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Participate in RTSF’s client intake process by inputting application and project information into Salesforce
  • Perform script-based phone screen interview with our clients to gather additional information and document in Salesforce
  • Make preliminary recommendations about level of need/how RTSF staff can best assist clients
  • Carry out basic clerical duties, such as filing and mailings

Qualifications / skills / experience

  • Ability to work with diverse populations (age, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, sexual orientation, education, etc.)
  • Interest in client case management
  • Patience in communicating with those who require more time and a slower pace
  • Social, customer-service orientated personality
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Autonomous, self-sufficient worker
  • Basic computer skills required
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or other contact databases a plus but not required

Time commitment
2-3 hours a week during our regular office hours of Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm for a minimum of a six month time period. We can be somewhat flexible with this, if you need a different arrangement don’t hesitate to let us know.

Benefits of Service

  • Assist in the process of creating a safer, healthier environment for low-income families, the elderly, and adults with disabilities in San Francisco
  • Become a proficient Salesforce user or improve existing skills
  • Gain case management experience
  • Attend RTSF’s fun, volunteer-based events and parties

Skilled Trades Volunteer

Outline of role:
Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) Safe At Home Installers carry out basic home safety modifications for older adults and disabled individuals. By carrying out light repairs and basic home safety installations, RTSF Safe At Home Installers allow a vulnerable population to feel safe in their residences.

Responsibilities/tasks:

  • Visit RTSF’s Pier 28 warehouse to stock up on home safety materials before appointments
  • Travel to clients’ residences to carry out basic home safety modifications
  • Carry out basic home safety installations, such as installing grab bars, hand-held shower heads, raised toilet seats, and smoke detectors
  • Depending on skill set/level, carry out light repair projects, such as installing or repairing handrails, fixing light switches or fixtures, repairing leaking faucets, and installing weather-strips

Qualifications / skills / experience:

  • Familiarity working with basic hand tools (assignments depend on level of skill)
  • Ability to work with diverse populations (age, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, sexual orientation, education, etc.)
  • Patience in communicating with those who require more time and a slower pace
  • Autonomous, self-sufficient worker

Time commitment:

  • Weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly commitments for a minimum of 6 months at a time
  • Volunteers generally take on 1-2 projects in a day, with varying scheduling during the month depending on availability.
  • Projects generally take 2-4 hours each, including travel time, material pick-up, and installation

Benefits of Service:
Create a safer, healthier environment for income-qualified San Franciscans seeking home safety solutions

Project Lead Volunteer

Each year, during the last Saturday of April and of October, Rebuilding Together San Francisco completes 30-50 residential and community improvement projects that help change the lives of hundreds of people. One of the most critical elements of this work is the role of our key volunteer the Project Leader. No construction experience necessary!  All you need is the ability to break a goal down into manageable, executable steps, and the confidence to lead 25-100 volunteers on a project.

Outline of role: 
Project Leads ensure that the volunteers have a productive and meaningful experience as they help fulfill a client’s critical need.  If you are super organized and possess active or latent leadership qualities then this is a role for you. Be ready for “an unbelievable amount of satisfaction” by lending a hand to a San Francisco neighbor and/or nonprofit! All new Project Leads are provided with project management tools, ongoing RTSF support, training, and mentorship from an experienced Project Lead.

Responsibility: 

  • Plan a quality renovation project from scratch by determining scope of work
  • Complete basic supply order forms and keep project on budget
  • Lead a group of volunteers on a Rebuilding Day.

Qualifications:

  • A desire to  help low-income homeowners, schools, nonprofit facilities and community centers
  • Professional or everyday experience with construction and or renovation projects
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a project budget
  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills

Time Commitment: 
Project leads generally spend between 20 to 50 total volunteer hours between August-November (for October’s Rebuilding Day) and/or March-May (for April’s Rebuilding Day), time commitment also depends on the size and scope of the project.  Projects are assigned according to a volunteer’s available hours, area of expertise, and interests.

Rewards:

  • Use your skills and experience to make a big, lasting impact on people in need
  • Managing volunteers to get a great job done

Photographer

Outline of role:
Volunteer photographers are a part of our National Rebuilding Day (the last Saturday of April) and/or our Fall Rebuilding Day (the last Saturday of October) by photographing our project volunteers, sponsors, and beneficiaries.  Some photographers, based on individual availability and our organization’s need, might also be asked to take before and after photos of our project sites. Take 25 spectacular pictures at three or four project sites and then send them to us! Simple as that.

Responsibilities/tasks:

  • Willingness to adhere to our specific photographic needs (i.e. specific necessary shots)
  • Donating your photographs for use in our promotional material
  • Participating in a fun team atmosphere
  • Traveling (however possible) between project sites
  • Photo-editing capability

Qualifications / skills / experience:

  • A passion for helping people and the San Francisco community
  • Experience with photography professionally or as a serious hobby
  • Own your own photography equipment
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility regarding on-site job assignments

Time commitment:
A total of 15-20 hours, including—

  • One full day of work, typically from 8:00 am- 4:00pm on a Saturday at various project sites (once or twice a year, depending on your involvement!)
  • Time to select and edit best photos
  • Delivering or mailing a physical copy of all selected photos to Pier 28

Benefits of Service:

  • Providing much needed updates and repairs to a deserving family or in-need non-profit!
  • Getting to know other volunteers from all over the city in an exciting team setting
  • Helping to make San Francisco a healthier, safer environment for all citizens

IT Support Volunteer

Outline of role: 
If you are a database whiz and have the time to support our work with nonprofits, schools, low-income homeowners and the elderly then this is a role for you. Help us with our development needs, everything from Salesforce to our website. If you have the passion and skills then we have the needs.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for helping low-income families, elderly and adults with disabilities.
  • Tech Savvy and adept at social media and basic web design.
  • Interest in improving office strategies for working with salesforce etc.

Time Commitment: 

  • Minimum 4 hours a month, either all in one day or spread out throughout the month (It must be during regular office hours of Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Rewards:

  • Develop your IT skills by creating your own learning
  • Dive into and build experience within IT office challenges
  • Working towards strengthening the brand and outreach of a small nonprofit

One-Day Project Volunteer

Outline of role:
These volunteers come for Rebuilding Days (and/or Prep Days) the last Saturday in April and/or October and agree to work hard to get the project’s work done in one day! These folks fulfill our goal of revitalizing homes, non-profit facilities and schools by wielding paintbrushes, garden tools, and cleaning materials. If you are a skilled volunteer that would like to volunteer for a one-day project, please refer to the Skilled Trades Volunteer.

Responsibilities/tasks:

  • Providing physical labor in a day-long project by painting, weeding, removing clutter, and completing other assigned tasks
  • Participating in a fun team atmosphere

Qualifications / skills / experience:

  • A passion for helping people and the San Francisco community
  • A willingness to get a little dirty! (Paint, soil, dust, etc.)
  • Flexibility regarding on-site job assignments and arranging your own transportation
  • The ability to participate in relatively physical activities such as painting, yard work, or clutter removal (although we can general find work if you are unable to do such thing
  • No professional construction experience necessary

Time commitment:

  • One full day of work, typically from 8:00 am- 4:00pm on a Saturday in April and/or October

Rewards:

  • Providing much needed updates and repairs to a deserving family or in-need non-profit!
  • Getting to know other volunteers from all over the city in an exciting team setting
  • Helping to make San Francisco a healthier, safer environment for all citizens

Are you a skilled tradesperson that wants to participate in a one-day event? Click here.

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