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 65.5 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 by phone (760) 547-8824 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this process.