Center for Community Solutions

Volunteer with CCS

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CCS! Our work would not be possible without you. Explore the links and FAQ below to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and apply today! If you have any questions not addressed here, feel free to email Steph Walsh, Volunteer Program Manager, at 


  • What’s required to be a CCS volunteer?
    • All CCS volunteer positions require an interview process with CCS staff and a criminal background check.
    • Attending an info session is highly recommended but not required.
    • Most of the positions require completion of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and a 12 month commitment.
    • Roles at our emergency shelters require a negative tuberculosis test.
    • For specific role details, please see the links below.
  • How long is the volunteer application process?
    • Attending an info session and interviewing with staff generally takes 4-6 weeks. Crisis Intervention Training is offered 3 to 5 times a year and takes place over 4 weeks, usually on weeknights and weekends.
  • Will I work with clients?
    • Most volunteer roles involve direct work with clients and/or community members.
  • What’s Crisis Intervention Training?
    • Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, is a 66-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.
  • I can’t commit to a 66-hour training and/or one year of volunteering. How else can I be involved?
    • We can always use help with one-time special events! Fill out our volunteer application here: and check "Special Event Volunteer" under General Interests. You'll be contacted when we have an event coming up!


If you’d like to learn more or ask questions in person, join us for a volunteer info session! RSVP by emailing

  • Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6 to 7 PM, El Cajon Office (460 N Magnolia Avenue El Cajon 92020) 
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6 to 7 PM, Pacific Beach Office (4508 Mission Bay Drive San Diego 92109)
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6 to 7 PM, Escondido Office (210 S Juniper Street Escondido 92025) 

Volunteer Roles at CCS

Mission Statement

Our mission at Center for Community Solutions is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.

The Volunteer Program at CCS welcomes individuals from all walks of life to serve as advocates for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Volunteers are partners alongside CCS staff and board members, allowing CCS to provide a level of service that would otherwise be impossible. CCS welcomes the diversity volunteers bring to our work and is committed to providing learning and development opportunities for volunteers’ personal and professional growth.

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