What to Expect as a Volunteer


The GRID Volunteer Process

Signing up to volunteer with GRID is a four-step process.

  • Sign Up

    You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the GRID portal.

  • Create a Login

    We'll email you a link to the GRID Portal. Click it to create a login.

  • Step 3

    Attend an Orientation

    Visit the Opportunities Calendar to select an orientation near you.

  • Step 4

    Sign up for an Opportunity

    Sign up for an installation or other event from the Opportunities Calendar.

 If you can’t attend an orientation in person, we also host monthly online orientations. You must have access to a computer to view the presentation.

Once you attend an orientation, you can volunteer with GRID Alternatives!

What to Expect as a Volunteer

Volunteering on an Installation

  • Time commitment: 8 hours (typically 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
  • Availability: Varies by region (most installations are on weekdays)
  • Safety: Safety procedures will be reviewed in the orientation and every morning before an installation begins. All required safety equipment, including sun protection, will be available on site provided by GRID.
  • Please note: Participants are not required to work on the roof. There’s plenty of work to do on the ground, too!
  • Meals: Some homeowners provide lunch on installation days. Check with your regional office to see if lunch will be provided. If not, please pack your own lunch.
  • Water: Drinking water is available on site, we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle for the day.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

While most of our volunteer opportunities are installing solar for families with limited incomes, some of our regional offices offer additional volunteer opportunities, such as:

  • Canvassing with our outreach team to introduce families to our services
  • Resume building and mock interview workshops to help job trainees prepare for the workforce
  • Special event support

Keep an eye on the volunteer opportunities calendar in your regional office for these additional ways to stay engaged with GRID! No experience required. Contact your regional office for questions about availability.

Success Story

“I volunteered for GRID a number of times out of both curiosity and a desire to help the environment.  These experiences were transformative...Grid Alternatives is a group of people that have been with me, driving my growth, since before I even knew that the solar industry was exactly what I wanted to get into.”
-- Kurt Rhee, volunteer in GLA

Volunteering and Training Guidebook

Please refer to our Volunteering and Training Guidebook  for a more detailed explanation on GRID volunteer expectations, policies and procedures and also to access the GRID Volunteer Agreement form.

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