Volunteer with La Casa de las Madres

I volunteer for La Casa because I believe everyone has a right to a safe & loving home — whatever that may look like for them.
— La Casa de las Madres Volunteer

From directly supporting survivors of domestic violence in our offices to engaging with the broader San Francisco community at events across the city, La Casa de las Madres’ volunteers are essential to every part of our work. Your time and energy change the lives of our clients everyday. 

La Casa de las Madres is committed to maintaining a culturally diverse volunteer group that reflects the make-up of the communities we serve. People of color, women, minorities, and survivors of domestic violence are encouraged to apply.

La Casa Volunteers | Roles & Responsibilities

At La Casa, there are two types of individual volunteering: direct and indirect volunteer service. Click through to learn more!

Ready to Get Started Volunteering?

Interested volunteers should download and complete a Volunteer Application and email it to comed@lacasa.org

Domestic VIOLENCE Advocate Training

The next 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training will be offered in January 2019. Please check back closer to then for more details regarding training dates, times, and application information.


Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who Can Apply?

Anyone who is committed to supporting survivors and ending domestic violence! We accept volunteers over the age of 16; however, in order to complete the 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training, we require that volunteers be over the age of 18. If you have accessed supportive services for domestic violence at La Casa or another organization, we ask that you wait at least 1 year before applying to volunteer with us.

+ What is the 40-Hour Training?

The 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training is a state-mandated certification for all individuals interested in working directly with survivors of domestic violence. The training provides participants with a wealth of knowledge about domestic violence, its intersections with other issues, and practical skills to support survivors.

La Casa offers this training thrice a year: Winter (January/February), Summer (May), & Fall (August/September). Volunteers must be over the age of 18 to participate and must be able to commit to attending all training dates. We accept applications for this training year-round. Space is limited, and we assess applications per training cycle.

Members of the community and professionals interested in taking the training for certification only must pay a $75 fee, due the first day of the training. If the fee poses a hardship or burden, or if you are interested in attending the training, please connect with the Education & Volunteer Manager at comed@lacasa.org. La Casa volunteers must commit 100 hours of volunteer service before receiving their certification.

For questions about the training dates, times, or fees, please email the Education & Volunteer Manager at comed@lacasa.org.

+ What is the General Volunteer Orientation?

The General Volunteer Orientation is a few hours in length, and provides a high-level overview of La Casa as an organization, domestic violence, and supporting survivors. Orientations are scheduled every 2-3 months, and are open to all interested volunteers. For more information, please email the Education & Volunteer Manager at comed@lacasa.org.

+ how can I get involved?

  1. Read through our website about volunteer opportunities and the application process.
  2. Interested volunteers should complete a Volunteer Application and email it to comed@lacasa.org.
  3. We will follow up with you to confirm receipt of your application and to schedule a brief phone screen to get to know you and to discuss next steps.

Volunteers Interested in Indirect Service Work: Attend a General Volunteer Orientation. Check with the Education and Volunteer Manager to see when the next orientation is scheduled.

Volunteers Interested in Direct Service Work: Attend the 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training. We will contact you about a month before the training is offered to discuss the onboarding process.

More questions? Contact our Education & Volunteer Manager at comed@lacasa.org