Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Root & Rebound! Volunteers are an important part of our community. Our work could not happen without their support. If you are passionate about criminal justice reform and want to volunteer with us, please see below to learn more about how to get involved.
Deep Direct Survey Volunteers
Root & Rebound is looking for volunteers to help us conduct our annual Deep Direct Services (DDS) Survey! Root & Rebound works to restore power and resources to families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform, and litigation. The DDS Survey is a collaborative effort within our organization to collect feedback from our clients as well as discuss their experiences in receiving support in services provided to navigate re-entry.
This effort takes place over 3 months, and we need community support to help us collect responses from our clients. This is a fully remote opportunity. To apply, please fill out our survey at tinyurl.com/DDSVolunteer22. Applications are due 11:59 PM pst on April 15th.
For questions, please contact Kiran Rao at [email protected]
Legal volunteer opportunities are not open to undergraduate students or people with no formal legal training/work experience. Instead, please scroll below to our General Volunteer opportunities. If you are looking for more permanent work or are a law student, please visit our Jobs & Internships page here.
RAP Sheet Evaluator
Use your analytical skills to screen clients’ conviction histories for record clearing remedies. Help with the first step in record cleaning by reading conviction histories and evaluating for record cleaning eligibility. Find more information here.
Client Interviewer & Declaration Draft
Work with clients to draft compelling declarations to demonstrate their humanity and
rehabilitation for inclusion in record cleaning petitions. Find more information here.
Clinic & Hotline Client Intake
Volunteer attorneys trained and supervised by Root & Rebound staff will assist individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system to identify and remedy legal barriers to their success. Volunteers will conduct legal intake and screening with clients, and help disseminate general legal information. Find more information here.
Legal Research & Writing
R&R’s legal team educates systems-impacted people, their families, social service providers, other stakeholders about reentry legal barriers and how to overcome those obstacles. Learn about specific writing projects or legal questions in need of research, and volunteer for projects as you have interest and capacity. Find more information here.
Social Service Resource & Referral Volunteer
Root & Rebound is looking for a volunteer to help our in-prison program team. This volunteer will find, organize, and refer high-quality and up-to-date resources to currently incarcerated people looking for social services upon their release. This opportunity is for someone interested in social work or working with people involved in the justice system. Individuals with eight hours available per week are preferred. If interested, please email [email protected] with a resume and cover letter. Find more information here.
Spanish Language Translation
Root & Rebound is looking for fluent Spanish-speaking volunteers to help our attorneys and advocates interpret and translate legal services through our intakes and Free Reentry Hotline. Interested applicants will help be the lifeline and support for those suffering from the consequences of mass incarceration. Individuals available Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. will be given strong preference. If interested, please fill out the general volunteer application below.
Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to respond to all applications.