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Volunteer FAQ

Join us and save lives.

Our volunteers make a difference each and every day.

  • All CCS volunteer positions require an application and interview process with CCS staff and a criminal background check.
  • All positions except Special Event Volunteer require completion of our 65.5-Hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).
  • All positions except Special Event Volunteer require a 3 to 12 month minimum commitment.

Interviewing with staff generally takes 4-6 weeks. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is offered 4 times a year and takes place over 5-6 weeks. The standard schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 5:30 – 9:00 PM.

From your initial communication with CCS to starting your volunteering is generally 4 - 6 months total. We want to make sure that you experience with us will be a productive and fulfilling partnership for both you and us!

Yes, most volunteer roles involve direct work with clients and/or community members.

Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, is a 65.5-hour training required for all CCS staff and most CCS volunteer positions. Attendees gain trauma-informed skills, knowledge, and tools to better serve and support those impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The training is certified by the California Office of Emergency Services, which sets the attendance policy. Since our training gives you legal confidentiality with our clients, we have to strictly adhere to their requirements. In CIT you are only able to miss and make up 9 hours total of training. 

We can always use help with one-time special events! Fill out our volunteer application here. You'll be contacted when we have an event coming up!

If you have any questions about volunteering, please call 858-272-5777.


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