Instructions for Volunteers
Volunteer and Intern Handbook
Before applying for a volunteer position at the Center, all prospective applicants must first read and review the Volunteer and Intern Handbook. There you will find specific instructions on what positions are available, CSH policies, and the code of ethics that all volunteers agree to abide by during their service. Download the Volunteer and Intern Handbook (pdf).
Applying to Become a Volunteer
To be considered for a volunteer position, a Volunteer Application (pdf) must be completed. Completed applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and should be mailed to or dropped off at the Center. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. CSH does not accept faxed or electronically submitted applications. Receipt of application does not guarantee a volunteer position. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact the applicant to confirm receipt of the application.
Applications will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and appropriate Center staff members in light of current needs and openings. Due to the Center’s small staff, limited volunteer openings, and skills required, not every applicant can be placed. Applications will be kept on file for one year for future consideration as openings occur. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you within two weeks if we are unable to place you in a volunteer position.
For those applicants who might fill a need, the Volunteer Coordinator will arrange a time for an interview. During the interview the Volunteer Coordinator, appropriate Center staff members, and the applicant will review the applicant’s resume, discuss goals, work plans, and expectations; be introduced to the staff; and take a tour of the Center. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact the interviewee within one week of the interview to confirm volunteer status.
Once selected to begin volunteering, applicants will be assigned a supervisor from the Center’s staff. Together a project or work-plan will be finalized, and a work schedule set. The supervisor will serve as the volunteer’s primary contact with the Center.
Download the Volunteer Application (pdf).
If you have additional questions about our volunteer and intern program, please call (916) 808-7072 and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.