Center for Community Solutions


COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Due to the recent concerns with COVID-19, national and local public health guidance indicate the need for communities to make temporary adjustments. In an effort to do our part in reducing risk for our clients, staff and volunteers, and the community, Center for Community Solutions has self-elected to close our offices and have most staff work remotely until June 30, 2020. During this time, we will not be accepting new volunteer applications. Please check back later for updates on the process. Thank you!

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! If you have any questions not addressed here, feel free to email Steph Walsh, Volunteer Program Manager, at swalsh@ccssd.org. For specific role details, click on a volunteer position link!

FAQ

  • What’s required to be a CCS volunteer?
    • All CCS volunteer positions require an application and interview process with CCS staff and a criminal background check.
    • Attending an info session is recommended but not required.
    • All positions except Special Event Volunteer require completion of our 66-Hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).
    • All positions except Special Event Volunteer require a 3 to 12 month minimum commitment.
  • How long is the volunteer application process?
    • Attending an info session and interviewing with staff generally takes 4-6 weeks. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is offered 3 to 5 times a year and takes place over 5 weeks. The standard schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 5:30 - 9 PM, AND Saturdays 9 AM - 5 PM.
    • From your initial communication with CCS to starting your volunteering is generally 4 - 6 months total. We want to make sure that you volunteering with us will be a productive and fulfilling partnership for both you and us!
  • Will I work with clients?
    • Yes, 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, 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 8 hours total of training. 
  • 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: http://bttr.im/e3pzp 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! Please RSVP by emailing swalsh@ccssd.org

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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