Volunteers are the Backbone of the LGBT Center OC.
The difference made in the thousands of lives touched by the LGBT Center OC would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers. There are so many ways to volunteer your time and skills to enhance our efforts.
Whether your schedule allows you to volunteer on a monthly or weekly basis, or even just one time, please fill out the online application below to begin the process. We’ll add you to our volunteer email database, so you’ll be notified of upcoming opportunities on a regular basis.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Front Desk Reception:
Provide clients with resources, answer incoming calls, and greet walk-in clients and visitors to our CyberCenter & LGBTQ Library.
Outreach and Civic Engagement:
Representing the LGBT Center OC on college campuses, health fairs, community events, and more. For those who are outgoing, like engaging with the public, and are able to travel throughout Orange County.
Special Events (Staffing):
Assist with staffing fundraisers and other special events.
Help provide a transgender-inclusive and supportive environment by facilitating and/or planning transgender-specific group discussions, special events and community outreach.
Exciting volunteering opportunities are offered through our Immigration Resources Department including application assistance events, community organizing events and press conferences.
Youth Programs Volunteering:
Help with youth events, get active in supporting and establishing GSAs in schools, and provide support to youth empowerment opportunities.
For those experienced and/or licensed in areas of construction and handyman services to repair and maintain the Center.
HIV Test Counselor:
Requires Front Desk training and a 32-hour course provided by the City of Santa Ana in the spring and fall. Must pass an interview with our Director of Prevention and the certification requirements.
Internship (Mental Health Counseling):
(Note: Must be enrolled in or have already completed a master’s in counseling.) Be an MFT Trainee or Intern at the LGBT Center OC.
Internships are offered on a case-by-case basis, based on the potential intern’s needs and staff/Center capacity.
Peer Group Facilitation:
Help structure and facilitate the weekly and monthly discussion groups, and attend quarterly group facilitator meetings. Experience with group facilitation or peer counseling is helpful, but not required.