Together, we can break down barriers for people in reentry.

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. 

Legal Volunteers

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.

General Volunteers

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.

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