Volunteer because – We couldn’t do it without you

Interested in building people’s power and fighting for housing and immigrant rights?

Become a Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) volunteer

We love our volunteers! Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say.

Are you looking for ways to get more involved with Causa Justa::Just Cause?

Here are some folks who decided to intern with us this summer!

Summer Interns 2016

Eric Yu

Eric Yu

ERIC YU :: Housing Rights Campaign

I am a third year undergraduate student from UC Davis and am currently double-majoring in Community & Regional Development, along with Asian American Studies. I was born and raised here in San Francisco all my life! I learned more about social justice during my earlier years at UC Davis, so now I would like to work with CJJC learn more about the housing issues that affect working-class residents in San Francisco and how best to challenge gentrification in the city.


Eva Cordero

Eva Cordero

EVA CORDERO :: Youth in Power Intern + Tenants Rights Clinic

I’m a rising junior at Amherst College studying Political Science and Psychology. I have been heavily involved in student activism at Amherst College and am the senior co-chair of La Causa, the Latinx affinity group on campus. I’m a Bay Area local, I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. On my off time I love being outdoors–whether that be running, hiking, or just enjoying the Bay. I’m excited to be working with Causa Justa: Just Cause’s Youth in Power program and Tenants’ Rights Clinic to empower our community.


Olivia Lynch

Olivia Lynch

OLIVIA LYNCH :: Immigrant Rights + Housing Rights Campaigns

I am a rising junior at Stanford University majoring in Human Biology with an Area of Concentration in “Development in Immigrant Populations” and minoring in Spanish. I am very passionate about working with people, and have tentative plans to get a degree in Social Work in the future. I have spent the past unforgettable three months studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, but I am very excited to be back in the US and working with Causa Justa to support immigrant rights.


Barbara Defenderfer

Barbara Defenderfer

BARBARA DEFFENDERFER :: Tenant Rights Clinic

I am deeply passionate in the belief that housing is a human right and should be treated as such. I know first hand that without secure, affordable housing it is impossible to thrive, much less accomplish even the simplest daily tasks. Ultimately, I would like to be involved in developing housing policy that prioritizes the interests of low-income residents, not developers. I’m excited to work with Causa Justa in fighting displacement in Oakland.



Sarah Ribeiro-Broomhead

SARAH RIBEIRO-BROOMHEAD :: Tenants Rights Clinic

I’m an undergrad at Stanford University going in to my second year. I’m part of Stanford’s NAACP chapter, and I’m working with student campaigns for faculty diversity/support for POC students, and fossil fuel divestment. I’m undeclared, considering Urban Studies, I grew up in San Francisco, and I’m really excited to be working full-time for social justice with a grassroots community organization this summer.


Kiran Melnyk

KIRAN MELNYK :: Funds Team + Universidad

I am in my fourth year as an undergrad at Oberlin College where I am majoring in Environmental Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley. I am excited to work with Causa Justa // Just Cause to contribute to its work defending Black and Brown communities in the Bay Area.



Marvin Ceballos

MARVIN CEBALLOS :: Tenants Rights Clinic

I’m an English major at UCB. l’d like to teach in low income communities of color using a social justice framework in hopes that my students will develop a critical consciousness and fight against the structures that keep them oppressed. I am originally from Southern California but have been living in Berkeley since Fall 2013. I enjoy spending time with my partner, Amanda, and our dog and two cats. I look forward to fighting for what is right alongside CJJC.



(Not pictured) RACHEL LEADER :: Tenants Rights Clinic & IRC

I am a third year undergraduate student at Oberlin College studying Comparative American Studies and Environmental Justice. I grew up in Western Massachusetts and am interested in immigrant and tenant rights advocacy. In my free time I enjoy playing music, hiking, and playing soccer. I am excited to work with Causa Justa this summer!


TOETIE ZWART :: Tenants Rights Clinic – DreamSF INTERN (not pictured)


As you can see,  CJJC has many different volunteer opportunities.

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Volunteers on one of our mailings

We look dedicated volunteers who really want to work on a grassroots level and want to commit to a regular shift for the following roles (read below).

Tenant Rights Clinic Reception (West Oakland & East Oakland)
Reception volunteers get a special training and then the work involves answering the phone, talking to tenants in distress, setting up appointments with the housing counselors, and referring people to resources.

Office Support (West Oakland & San Francisco)
We would love a few hours of your time for general office tasks that keep our organizing going smoothly, like data entry, mailings, campaign research, media tracking, computer support, etc.

Justice Cab (West Oakland & San Francisco) 
Justice Cab is a team of volunteers who provide rides to meetings once a month (or more) for our members in Oakland.  Rides are most often needed weekday evenings and Saturdays.

The Movement Fund (West Oakland) 
Share your passion for housing & immigrant justice, strengthen your grassroots fundraising skills and help build the resources our organizing work in the process by joining the Fund Team!

Got skills to share?  Let us know.

 If you have a talent, passion, specialized skill, experience, or training, talk to us! We’ll figure out how your skills can support our organizing work.


I’ve been volunteering 2 ½ years. I’ve met a lot of people here fighting for the same things. That keeps me coming back. I want to be of service — to help tenants. —Momi Palapaz


At CJJC volunteers actively participate in CJJC’s work and help build our organization in a variety of ways, such as:

• Working reception for the Tenants’ Rights Clinic
• Making signs for actions
• Providing rides and childcare for member meetings
• Helping with fundraising and member mailings
• Providing Spanish translation for meetings/events
• Doing data entry and other administrative work
• Logistical support for meetings and events
• Campaign research and media tracking
• Written translation (English to Spanish)
• Outreach in the neighborhoods we organize



CJJC volunteers help our offices run more smoothly, support our members to bring their leadership to the organization and increase our capacity to wage effective campaigns. We offer study groups and other learning opportunities for our volunteers.


Volunteer Susan Bassein has been with us since 2012.

Volunteers Say…..

“As an Oakland native and person of color, volunteering with CJJC is a way for me to fight for the Oakland where I grew up–the Oakland that was shaped by the political vision and social scenes of working class people of color.  I don’t do this kind of social change work in my 9-5 job. Volunteering with CJJC helps me to stay connected to and inspired by economic justice work!”

“I volunteer with CJJC because I believe in grassroots movements for justice. CJJC sees and treats housing as a right and supports our communities to realize that right.  Power to the people!”

“I like volunteering with CJJC because they are good folks, and there is always something to do. I always leave feeling like I contributed in some way for the struggle for housing and immigrant rights.  Being a West Oakland resident, it’s one of the ways I give back to my community – and it’s really inspiring to be part of a movement where different organizations are coming together and fighting the same fight.”
—Alia G

“I volunteer with Causa Justa :: Just Cause because I want to support people in their collective struggles. I also want to spread the word about this style of organizing, about the amazing work that is done here. We need those examples!”

Join our team today! Contact Molly at 510.763.5877 ext. 302 or email her at Molly@cjjc.org for more information.

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