Volunteer

Women’s Shelter Program Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a difference in someone’s life.

The Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County (WSP) would not be able to carry out its mission without the assistance of our many dedicated and generous volunteers! Our program is made possible by over 51% volunteer support.

Volunteer opportunities involving client contact require a state-mandated 40-hour training (see our Events page for the dates of the next training). This in-depth training covers the dynamics of intimate partner violence, teaches crisis counseling skills, and introduces the new volunteer to the Women’s Shelter Program. Upon completion of the training, you receive certification as a Domestic Violence Peer Counselor. A strong desire to help victims of intimate partner violence and their children is the primary trait needed to become a volunteer with the WSP.

 

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Domestic Violence Counselor– WSP’s Crisis Line is staffed by volunteers after normal business hours. Duties of this position include: carrying a cell phone to respond to incoming crisis calls after normal business hours or on weekends and holidays, actively listening to women and men in crisis, answering questions regarding Women’s Shelter Program services, and connecting victims to the shelter when required. A valid driver’s license and background check clearance are required to participate in this volunteer program. For more details about this volunteer position, please call our Outreach and Volunteer Department at (805) 781-6401 x211 or email mwhite@wspslo.org.

Childcare– WSP provides on-site childcare while parents are in session with counselors or case managers. We have various childcare needs throughout the year, so this position varies depending on scheduling. A valid driver’s license and background check clearance are required to participate in this volunteer program. For more details about this volunteer position, please call our Outreach and Volunteer Department at (805) 781-6401 x211 or email mwhite@wspslo.org.

Our talented volunteers are an essential and very valued part of the Women’s Shelter Program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to fill out an online application. For questions or more information, call our Outreach and Volunteer Department at (805) 781-6401 x211.