Volunteer Opportunities

  • Gilroy Innovators

    The Gilroy Innovators is a team of community members dedicated to creating a safer Gilroy. The Innovators 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:

    • 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. See contact info below.
    • Be an ally of change by supporting this exciting new project through providing space, materials, food, and/or any other contributions you can.
    • Visit us on TikTok @GilroyInnovators

    For more information, please contact:

    Rosalvo Romero
    669.239.9017
    rosalvo.romero@communitysolutions.org

  • Hollister Innovators

    The Hollister Innovators is a team of community members dedicated to creating a safer Hollister. The Innovators 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.

    We are recruiting confident, passionate, and committed community members ready to share their opinions and expertise. Hollister Innovators can be youth (ages 14-21) and adults (age 22+) who are Hollister residents.

    Apply TODAY:
    About Hollister Innovators (English/Spanish)
    Youth & Young Adults (Ages 13-21) Application
    Adults (age 22+) Application (English/Spanish)
    Applications are DUE September 14, 2021

    More ways 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. See contact info below.
    • Be an ally of change by supporting this exciting new project through providing space, materials, food, and/or any other contributions you can.
    • Visit us on TikTok @HollisterInnovators
    • Learn more about the issue. Click on the images below to read our San Benito County Community Assessment of Sexual Violence Summary or Full Report. You can also click here to read about Primary Prevention 101  (Spanish version).

    For more information, please contact:

    Laura Galvan
    831.673.0307
    laura.galvan@communitysolutions.org

    Teresa Gonzales
    408-469.6561
    teresa.gonzales@communitysolutions.org

  • Certified Volunteer Advocate

    Certified Volunteer Advocates for Intimate Partner Abuse/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 held in Gilroy. Trainings run for 5 weeks, every Friday (8:30AM – 5PM) & Saturday (8AM-4PM).

    We currently do not have any Volunteer Advocate Trainings scheduled. If you are interested in being added to our Volunteer Advocate Interest List, please to contact Beth Edmonds at the email below. We will contact you once we have our next training scheduled.

    For questions or to be added to our interest list, please contact:
    Beth Edmonds
    beth.edmonds@communitysolutions.org

  • Holiday Giving Program

    Organized and implemented by volunteers, our Holiday Giving Program matches local donors, who provide gifts and food 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 and staff the distribution facility.

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

  • Special Event Committees

    Our Special Events Committee helps plan and implement our annual Healing Hearts Gala, which is held annually in March. Volunteers can be involved in ongoing basis, for specific tasks, and/or for night-of-event volunteer opportunities.

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

     

At Community Solutions I met some wonderful women who helped me with my fears and helped me understand that I did not deserve to be abused by anyone.

Luz, age 50, Solutions to Violence

[Community Solutions] helped me with my problems and were there when I was having hard times. They have helped my family with a place to live and helped us pay some bills and buy some food when we needed it.

Serena, age 15, Child & Youth Behavioral Health

I cannot describe very well but all I know is that each day is getting better. Your program helps.

Jin, age 62, Adult Behavioral Health

Thanks to the program, I left the ugly house I was living in that had two small windows for the 8 of us, dirt floors, broken windows, no door, and the toilet always clogging. Now my children and I have a nice apartment where we have more space, privacy, and carpet where we can be barefoot.

Teresa, age 38, Solutions to Violence Supportive Housing Program
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