Volunteer Opportunities

  • Certified Volunteer Advocate

    Certified Volunteer Advocates for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking are trained to provide prevention, education and outreach presentations; assist with legal advocacy and court accompaniment; provide peer support to survivors at Community Solutions’ confidential shelter; provide crisis-line support and provide in-person responses for survivors in crisis. Prior experience is not required. Volunteer Advocate opportunities are in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister.

    All Volunteer Advocates must complete our 70-hour Certification Training, which is offered twice each year (usually in the Spring & Summer) in Gilroy. Trainings run for 5 weeks, every Friday (8:30AM – 5PM) & Saturday (8AM-4PM).

    Our next Volunteer Advocate Training will be held February 21 – March 21, 2020. 

    To register for the upcoming Volunteer Advocate Training please download and complete our Volunteer Agreement and Volunteer Position Application and return to Beth Edmonds by January 31, 2020.

    Questions? Contact:
    Beth Edmonds
    669-500-6198
    beth.edmonds@communitysolutions.org

  • Community Service Hours

    Due to the confidential nature of our services, Community Solutions does not have drop-in volunteer hours available for youth and teens. However, to help high school students meet their school requirements for community service hours, we offer three options for projects students can plan and complete on their own. Click here to download a description of the projects. Prior to beginning a project, youth must contact us for project guidelines and pre-approval. Community Solutions is not able to accommodate court-ordered community service hours. For more information please contact us at: volunteer@communitysolutions.org

    Please note: We are NOT able to accommodate youth community service hours/projects during the months of October, November and December. 

  • Gilroy Innovators

    The Gilroy Innovators is a team of community members dedicated to creating a safer Gilroy. The Innovators will use the Close to Home approach to design community-led initiatives and solutions to prevent domestic and sexual violence from happening in our community. Everyone plays a role. Youth and adults; people of all genders; family, friends, and neighbors; professionals and politicians all combine their voices and efforts to create change together.

    Click here for more information:
    Gilroy Innovators Flier (English)
    Gilroy Innovators Flier (Spanish)

    How YOU can get involved:

    • Become a youth or adult leader. Click here to download an application: Adult (English)Adult (Spanish)Youth/Young Adult (English)Youth/Young Adult (Spanish) The application deadline has been extended to September 13, 2019.
    • Help us spread the word by hanging a flyer (English Flier, Spanish Flier), making an announcement, and/or talking to others about this amazing new project.
    • Invite the Gilroy Innovators to talk at your work team, sports teams, social groups, faith-based meetings, and any other gatherings to promote this amazing new venture. Get connected by calling Erica at Community Solutions at 408-776-6246.
    • Be an ally of change by supporting this exciting new project through providing space, materials, food, and/or any other contributions you can.

    For more information, please contact:

    Erica Elliott
    408-776-6246
    erica.elliott@communitysolutions.org

  • Hollister Innovators

    The Hollister Innovators is a team of community members dedicated to creating a safer Hollister. The Innovators will use the Close to Home approach to design community-led initiatives and solutions to prevent domestic and sexual violence from happening in our community. Everyone plays a role. Youth and adults; people of all genders; family, friends, and neighbors; professionals and politicians all combine their voice and efforts to create change together.

    How YOU can get involved:

    • Invite the Hollister Innovators to talk at your work team, sports teams, social groups, faith-based meetings, and any other gatherings to promote this amazing new venture. Get connected by calling Community Solutions at 831-637-1094.
    • Be an ally of change by supporting this exciting new project through providing space, materials, food, and/or any other contributions you can.
    • Learn more about the issue. Read our San Benito County Community Assessment of Sexual Violence summary or full report below or click here to read about Primary Prevention 101  (Spanish version).

     

    Summary – San Benito County Community Assessment of Sexual Violence (click on image to view PDF)

    Full Report – San Benito County Community Assessment of Sexual Violence (click on image to view PDF)

     

    For more information, please contact:

    Maria or Alyssa
    831-637-1094
    hollisterinnovators@gmail.com

  • Holiday Giving Program

    Organized and implemented by volunteers, our Holiday Giving Program matches local donors, who provide food and gifts to families in need served by our agency. The volunteer committee meets year-round to coordinate the program. Additional volunteers are also appreciated in November and December to assist with short-term tasks, such as sorting and wrapping gifts and helping set up the distribution facility.

    For more information please contact us at: volunteer@communitysolutions.org

  • Special Event Committees

    Our Special Event Committees help plan and implement various fundraising activities throughout the year including the Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Awards Luncheon in March, the Hearts of Gilroy Women’s Luncheon & Auction in May, and the Black, White & Bling Gala in November. Volunteers can be involved on an ongoing basis, or for specific events. For more information please contact: Lisa DeSilva, Chief Development Officer, at (408) 846-4717 or lisa.desilva@communitysolutions.org

I don’t know where I’d be without the help of Community Solutions. It provides me with stability. It means having support and people who believe in me. [Today] I am going to school. I am respecting myself. I am appreciating myself more.

Melanie, age 19, FSP-TAY Program

I no longer feel alone. I know I have an entire community that is ready to support me if I need it in the future.

Marta, age 40, Solutions to Violence

There's a lot of good things happening here. And I'm living proof of that. Change is possible.

John, age 49, FSP Criminal Justice Services Program

My grandson and my entire family would not have made it through this trying time without you. We were so lost and you helped us through.

Gloria, age 50, FIRST 5
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