Be a Center for Community Solutions Volunteer
CCS has many opportunities for those who wish to support our mission to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities & social justice. Please take a moment to review our current volunteer opportunities included below.
Sexual Assault Response Team* (SART)
SART volunteers provide immediate, in-person support for sexual assault victims during the forensic exam process. A 12 month commitment of (4) six-hour shifts per month is required. Shifts are available at all times as this is a 24 hour service. SART volunteers are needed all over San Diego County.
Court Accompaniment Volunteers*
Court Accompaniment volunteers will accompany clients to domestic violence restraining order hearings to provide moral and emotional support for the client. Volunteers are needed during business hours Monday to Friday in El Cajon, Vista, downtown San Diego, and possibly Chula Vista.
East County Shelter Residential Assistant / Hotline*
Hotline volunteers respond to calls and provide emotional support, information and resources as well as crisis intervention. Volunteers respond to the hotline calls from Project SafeHouse our East County domestic violence emergency shelter. Volunteers will also provide emotional support to residents and support shelter staff with intake and other shelter matters. A tuberculosis test is required. As hotline and shelter are 24hr programs, volunteers are needed at all times of day with preference for weekday evenings.
Children’s Activity Leader at East County Shelter*
Volunteers will lead activities with children residents of CCS’ East County domestic violence emergency shelter. A tuberculosis test is required. Volunteers are needed late afternoon to early evening Monday to Friday as well as mornings & afternoons on weekends.
North County Shelter Residential Assistant*
Residential Assistant volunteers will provide emotional support, education, information and resources to residents at Hidden Valley House our North County Inland domestic violence emergency shelter. Volunteers will support shelter staff by helping with resident intake, transportation arrangements, shelter maintenance and special projects. A tuberculosis test is required. Volunteers are needed for afternoons & evenings from Monday to Friday.
Children’s Activity Leader at North County Shelter*
Volunteers will lead activities with children residents of CCS’ North County domestic violence emergency shelter. A tuberculosis test is required. Volunteers are needed late afternoon to early evening Monday to Friday as well as mornings & afternoons on weekends.
Prevention, Education, and Outreach*
This type of volunteer work involves sharing CCS information tables at various events, engaging community members in discussions around the prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and providing an overview of available services. Volunteers can also help with presentations on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and healthy relationships.
Our practicum program provides candidates with individual, couple, family and group therapy experience. Trainees work with those affected by intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault. Individual and group supervision are provided by licensed MFT supervisors and meet the standard requirements set by the BBS. Current enrollment in a clinical graduate program, and practicum class is required. Counseling trainees are stationed in Escondido, Pacific Beach, and El Cajon, and this is a one year placement (July through August of the following year) at 20 hours per week.
Legal Interns provide confidential assistance with restraining order filings and consults in a walk-in clinic environment. The work will also touch on domestic violence related family law matters (divorce, paternity, child custody/support, etc). This opportunity takes place at the Family Justice Center in downtown San Diego and 8AM-3PM.
Attorney Legal Services
Pro Bono Attorneys provide confidential assistance with restraining order filings and consults in a walk-in clinic environment. In addition to restraining orders, the work will touch on domestic violence related family law matters (divorce, paternity, child custody/support, etc). Attorney volunteers must be licensed in California. This opportunity takes place at the Family Justice Center in downtown San Diego and 8AM-3PM.
This type of involvement is for those interested in helping out with event planning, social media, donor outreach. Volunteer hours are mainly carried out of the CCS Pacific Beach office during business hours.
Front Desk Support
Volunteers provide support at the front desk: greeting clients, visitors, staff and volunteers, responding to calls, helping with various clerical and administrative tasks. A Live Scan criminal background check is required. Volunteers are needed for the Pacific Beach office during lunch time from Monday to Friday. Volunteers must be able to volunteer once per week for 1 hour for a minimum of 3 months.
*Require a 12 month commitment of (4) six-hour shifts per month, and the completion of Center for Community Solution’s 65-Hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Training and a criminal background clearance.
The next 65-Hour Crisis Intervention Training will take place from July 23rd through August 22nd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30pm – 9pm, and Saturdays from 9am-5p. Location TBA
For more information about these opportunities and to start the volunteer process please contact Cynthia Melchor, firstname.lastname@example.org.