RISE up and volunteer! Join the ranks of volunteers that make RISE amazing. Become a crisis volunteer, find out about internship opportunities, and work directly with survivors and loved ones affected by sexual assault, sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.
RISE is devoted to ending sexual and intimate partner violence and we rely on our volunteers to help get this work done! As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to directly help survivors and loved ones affected by these issues, earn certification as a California State Crisis Counselor for sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as developing skill sets in the general administration of our agency.
WHAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are many different ways you can help RISE as a volunteer. Volunteers staff the 24-hour crisis line, help out in the safe houses, provide support in the offices, work on fundraising and outreach events and much more. For a more extensive list of volunteer opportunities and their position descriptions, please click here.
Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form to receive emails about future volunteer opportunities.
RISE also has a number of internship opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as interested community members. Current internship positions are available in the area of Crisis Services, Outreach & Development and Counseling. For more information about interning with RISE, please click here.
DO I NEED ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE TO BECOME A RISE VOLUNTEER?
Though previous experience might be helpful, it is not necessary to become a RISE volunteer. All volunteers are required to complete the 65-hour training to become a California Certified Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor. Training sessions are approximately 4-6 hours long, twice a week for 8-10 weeks. Trainings are meant to provide you with extensive knowledge of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as other related topics meant to prepare you for your work as a volunteer. RISE conducts two volunteer trainings each year.
HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply to become a RISE volunteer, complete the application online or print a copy of our application and drop it off at one of our two offices. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to an interview so we can learn more about you and your interest in becoming a volunteer. All volunteers with RISE are thoroughly screened and fingerprinted.
Click here to download our application.
NEXT VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Monday and Wednesday Evenings
February 22nd -April 20th with one Saturday Class TBA
5:30pm-9:30pm at the Atascadero Social Services Conference Room
9415 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
The application deadline is not until February 1st, however, there is only enough space for 25 participants in our course and we have over 60 interested community members. We recommend that you send in an application as soon as possible if you know you are available for the class times and a year commitment to the agency.