24/7 Crisis Lines
530-662-1133 / 916-371-1907
Empower Yolo Main Line
Help is only a phone call away...
Join Empower Yolo in Providing Hope and Ending Violence Today
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Each year, Empower Yolo volunteers assist over 2,000 callers on our 24-hour crisis hotline. Volunteers staff the hotline, provide program support, and make up our Board of Directors. They are professionals, business leaders, and residents of our community. All advocates and crisis line volunteers complete an intensive 72-hour training program prior to working on the hotline.
Learn More about Volunteering
Volunteer with Empower Yolo:
Thank you for your interest in Empower Yolo and our volunteer training program! Our Spring 2024 Peer Counselor Training (PCT) will be a 6-week hybrid training with virtual and in-person presentations. Completion of this 72-hour training will certify participants as Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence counselors.
The training will be virtual on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30PM-9:30 PM and in-person on Saturdays from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM in our Woodland office. Please note all training dates and topics are mandatory. Training dates are as follows:
March 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13,
All training dates are subject to change.
Application Process – Submit your completed application and resume to the Community Engagement Specialist at [email protected]; applications submitted without a resume will be considered incomplete. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to attend a group orientation and interview to learn more. Invitation to the training program will only be issued after a successful interview. Please note that space is limited, and spots are not guaranteed. Applications are due Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
Minimum Volunteer Expectations:
- At least a one-year internship
- Maintain 12 hours of continuing education a year
- Volunteer on a consistent weekly basis (~4hrs/week)
- Attend monthly volunteer meetings (~2hrs/month)
- All changes in shift schedules must be discussed and reported to the Community Engagement Specialist
- Mandatory completion of monthly volunteer time sheets
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check
There is a $300 professional development fee for those who take the course but do not plan to volunteer with Empower Yolo. For volunteers, there is a $50 fee to cover the cost of materials. Arrangements can be made if this poses a financial hardship. All volunteers are required to give a $200 deposit. This deposit will only be cashed if the volunteer fails to complete training or does not follow through on their 4 hours/week commitment.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Crisis Line
- MFT / Social Work Intern
- Children’s Program
- Prevention and Education
- Teen Education and Outreach
- Russian, Latina, and Asian Pacific Islander Outreach
- Legal Advocacy and Accompaniment
- Administrative Assistance
- Special Events and Fundraising
- Grant writing
Download an application here Empower Yolo Training Application Spring 2024.
Volunteer to Help With Fundraising and Community Events
The Peer Training Class is not required. You can offer your energy and support of Empower Yolo in many ways such as volunteering to help with publicity and planning for fundraisers and educational events in the community. We welcome volunteers to join us any time during the year. Join us in planning and participating in our next event to support Empower Yolo.
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Associate Director, Celina Alveraz at: [email protected].