Tenants' Rights Hotline Volunteer
Volunteers answer calls during our hotline hours giving individualized information on landlord/tenant problems or questions. Legal advice is not given, just lay information. We try to be supportive and bolster the caller’s ability to understand and enforce their rights. Callers are also asked to become involved in the greater fight for tenant’s rights.
Volunteers should be excited to learn more about tenants’ rights, curious, and willing to learn. Volunteers should be comfortable talking on the phone and have basic computer skills. We provide training materials. We encourage Spanish speakers to join us but not a requirement.
Commitment and Shifts:
We ask that hotline volunteers commit to a regular weekly or biweekly slot during hotline hours of at least 2 hours.
• 1:30 – 5:00pm (Afternoon Shifts): Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
• 5/5:30 – 8:00pm (Evening Shifts): Mondays & Wednesdays
Tenants' Rights Clinic Volunteer
Volunteers facilitate a roundtable tenant’s rights clinic. Volunteers answer questions and look over documents to giving individualized information on landlord/tenant problems or questions. The facilitator explain leases, rent histories, and other housing documents, Legal advice is not given, just lay information. This is done in a round table discussion to help tenant’s learn more about the wider tenant movement.
Volunteers need to have knowledge of tenant/landlord law, and be able to understand basic legal documents. Though you do not need to be a lawyer or paralegal. We will provide training on facilitation.
Commitment and Shifts:
We ask that clinical volunteers commit to one Tuesday every other month.The clinic runs Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Phone banking, Mailing, and Data entery Volunteers
Phone banking: We do phone banking to members when we need tenants at a rally, hearing or to follow up on membership and services. We regularly contact our membership to invite them to events and provide follow up. Phone bank volunteers join us at least once a month for slots in the late afternoon and early evenings.
Tenant mailing: Applying labels to our newspaper, Tenant/Inquilino, once a month (usually the second Friday of the month, no issue in August). The mailing is done in our office from 10 am to 12 noon.