Volunteers & Interns

Our roots are as a volunteer program and we continue to depend on the skills and dedication of our volunteers still.

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Our staff of 15 is assisted by nearly 100 active volunteers. The crisis lines are staffed by trained professionals and award-winning volunteers.
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Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteers must be 21 or older, complete program-specific training and orientation, complete a background screening, agree to volunteer for one year, and adhere to our ethics and confidentiality policies.

Crisis Line Counselor

Crisis line volunteers provide counseling and emotional support to people who are abused, depressed, grieving, suicidal, homeless, or mentally ill. A 60+ hour training program teaches new volunteers everything they need to be effective on a crisis line.  After classroom and mandatory mentored training, volunteers work an average of one four-hour shift per week. Training classes are held 2-4 times per year. Contact admin@crisis-center.org for more information.

Thrift Shop Worker

Leftovers Thrift Shop is an independent nonprofit. Founded in 1976 and staffed entirely by volunteers, it raises money to support the program of the Crisis Center.  Volunteers do everything at Leftovers and many talents are needed.  This includes sorting, pricing, displaying, and selling all merchandise, which varies from clothing and books to household items, jewelry, and fine linens.  The shop is located at 2281 Olympic Blvd. near Rossmore.  Store hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call the shop at 925-930-9393.

Grief Counselor

Trained grief counselors provide group facilitation to adults who are mourning the death of a loved one.   Groups are offered in our Walnut Creek office and at sites around the county.  Grief counselor volunteers may also participate in the mobile grief response program.  Training class information is available by contacting admin@crisis-center.org.

Clinical Internships

Social Work and MFT Registered Interns are encouraged to apply for our clinical training program throughout the year. This program offers interns a professional, supportive, and meaningful learning experience.  Weekly supervision is provided as well as monthly didactic on relevant clinical topics.  Interns receive office space and materials to conduct sessions and emergency clinical consultation with licensed staff as needed.  An initial orientation to agency, policies, business and clinical procedures is also provided.  A background in working with complex grief, loss, trauma, mood disorders, addiction, dual diagnosis, and comorbid conditions is preferred.  Applicants must be an approved trainee or registered good standing intern in order to be considered.  This internship requires a commitment of 12-28 hours per week, spread over 2-5 days per week.  For more information, contact the Grief Counseling Program at 925-939-1916 x124