Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Hotline Volunteer

    Provide crisis intervention, information and referrals as well as empathetic listening to callers on our 24-hour crisis hotline. Shifts are Monday through Friday, 5pm-12am.

  • Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate

    Provide in-person emergency response to victims of sexual assault. This is an on call position, shifts vary.

  • Shelter Volunteer

    Provide support to the staff and residents of the shelter, in the form of crisis intervention, referrals, and paperwork assistance.

  • Mentors for Children and Children’s Services Volunteer

    18 and over men and women provide a positive role model for the children in our shelter and transitional residential programs. Mentors meet children at the WRC office to tutor. Volunteers help with children’s activities and events.

  • Intern

    Provide group and/or individual therapy for clients. This position requires a graduate or post-graduate degree (MFT or MSW). A licensed clinical supervisor provides supervision. Interns will establish their schedules in consultation with their respective supervisors.

  • Special Projects Volunteer

    Provide assistance with various fundraisers, table events, repair work, and holiday events like Spirit of Giving. If you have a skill you would like to share with clients, such as yoga, cooking, or budgeting, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to see how to help.

  • Thrift Store Volunteer

    Support the thrift store manager by sorting donations, helping customers, ringing sales, and interacting with customers. This position does not require the 57.5 Crisis Intervention Training.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

It is critical that all volunteers rendering advice or assistance to victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse do so with the knowledge and confidence that their interactions are confidential and protected. Volunteers will attend a personal conference with the Volunteer Coordinator before their training. During this conference, concerns and potential problems as well as personal history will be the topics of discussion. Specific training will be provided to the volunteers by WRC staff according to the tasks they will be undertaking.

“I thought I learned everything in my social work training at the University of Southern California (USC), but this course opened my eyes to other areas of domestic violence that I was not aware of.”

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE REQUIREMENTS

Volunteers working in direct contact with clients must attend a 57.5 hour Crisis Intervention Training, and will be required to pay $34.00 for a criminal background check. Volunteers must be 18 and over, but in some instances, for specific placements, we will accept under 18 years of age. Volunteers are required to commit to 9 months of volunteering after training. Potential volunteers will meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for an interview after the application has been submitted for review. The application can be found here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Cason by phone (760) 547-8817 or by email andrea.cason@wrcsd.org if you have any questions about this process.

If you are interested in becoming a WRC volunteer, or have any questions, please contact: Andrea Cason – Volunteer Coordinator
Or call her at (760) 547-8817
ARE YOU A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Call Our Toll-Free 24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline

(760) 757-3500