Sunday, March 17, 2024
Sunday, March 17, 2024

O'Tool Day 2024

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Note that children 14 and over are welcome on V-O-Cal projects. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Project Background and Description

It's time, yet again, to prepare for the 2024 VOCal Season! Woop woop! It takes a fair amount of effort to make sure that all those tools are in good shape to last through the project season, and the annual O'Tool Day is all about sharpening, cleaning, and repairing everything we need for a successful season. Please join us for our 2023 O'Tool Day to enjoy some St Patty's Day goodies while we do all we can to get ready for the upcoming season.
Please come out and help! Lunch (corned beef and cabbage, a vegetarian option, and green beer) will be served. Please email if you can make it so we can get a head count for the food and beer. Also let us know if you have any available tools to bring to help facilitate the day - bench or angle grinders, Joe - your fancy "get the bucket unstuck" setup, etc. Thank you all! We will work at the V-O-Cal warehouse, 1140 Old County Rd, Belmont from 10am to 2/3pm-ish.
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O'Tool Day 2024
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Driving Directions

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Carpool/Parking Information

Street parking is available in the neighborhood and Cal Train drops off nearby.

Level of Effort

Project Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
If a parking pass is required at the project site, it will be included with the fact sheet.

Project Schedule

For those of you who haven't ever been to an O'Toole Day - here is what to expect:

  • Sharpening Tools
  • Mending Tools
  • Tool Count
  • Check wheelbarrows and refill with air
  • Check Pick Mattock heads and handles, repair if possible
  • Washing and Pairing gloves
  • Sanitize Gotts and Coolers
  • Check Propane on all tanks - refill if necessary
  • Kitchen boxes inventoried and replenished if necessary
  • Check and replenish Registration Box
  • Drink Green Beer

Things to Do Before or After the Project

What to Bring and Wear

For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with good tread. Ankle support will be important where we are building new trails. Sandals and open-toed shoes will not be permitted
  • Water bottles or a water bladder that can hold at least 2 liters of water. (You will not be allowed on the trail without water.)
  • Day pack to carry your water and lunch.
  • Work gloves. (If you don’t have your own gloves, V-O-Cal will provide them. Please return them at the end of the project.)
  • V-O-Cal provides all necessary tools, as well as training on tool use and safety.
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent and allergy medicine (if you normally need these things when working outdoors).
  • Reusable plate/bowl, eating utensils, and mug/cup.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions (think layers!). Unless there is a serious storm predicted, we will work drizzle or shine.
If you are camping, you will also need the following items: 
  • A tent (if you have the option to bring a smaller tent, please do!)
  • A sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow.
  • A flashlight or headlamp.
  • A camp chair (if you don't want to sit on the ground).
  • Other camping gear that makes you comfortable


V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals. (Please note that dinner is not provided on Friday.)
  • To minimize waste we ask that you bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trail. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30pm.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available after the work day on Saturday, usually around 4pm. Dinner will follow, usually around 5:30pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday morning.


Volunteer Project Team

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