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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 the interest you have expressed in Empower Yolo and our volunteer training program. Our Fall 2022 Peer Counselor Training (PCT) will be a hybrid training model with virtual and in-person presentations, as well as weekly asynchronous assignments. The training will be virtual on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and in-person on Saturdays from 9 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Woodland; asynchronous assignments are due each Sunday evening. Training dates are as follows: 10/18, 10/20, 10/22, 10/25, 10/27, 10/29, 11/ 1, 11/3, 11/5, 11/8, 11/10, 11/ 12, 11/15, 11/17, 11/19 and 11/22. All training dates and topics are mandatory. Applications are due Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

Application Process – Submit your completed application and resume to the Volunteer and Community Education Specialist (VCES) 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.

Download an application here at Empower Yolo training application fall 2022.


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


Friends of Empower Yolo: Volunteer to Help With Fundraising and Community Events

Become a Friend of Empower Yolo. 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.  The Friends sponsored the play Seven in October 2015, 2016 and April 2017; hosted the annual “Shower for the Shelter” in April 2016, October 2017 and April 2019; and organized the Cake Auction at the annual Summer Solstice Celebration in June 2016 and 2019, and the silent auction for Summer Solstice 2018. They also support families during the holiday season; and donate gifts to the shelter on a regular basis. We welcome supporters to join the “Friends of Empower Yolo” 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]

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