Volunteers are the Backbone of the LGBTQ Center OC.

Volunteering for the LGBTQ Center Orange County has been redefined in the wake of COVID-19 but it has allowed volunteers to connect across the state in fun and inventive ways.

Currently our one-on-one volunteers join us in support as virtual group facilitators, members of the Trans Committee, teammates on our Events Committee, professional support through either our Marketing or Legal departments, and with creative projects such as blog writing.

We also work in partnership with several companies throughout the year with group-volunteering-days that have included; website development support, workshop building for LGBTQ programs, event support spreading awareness, collection drives, sharing videos through social media platforms, campaigns in connecting with the community, and much more. Each partnership is developed and customized based on the needs the LGBTQ Center Orange County has at any given time, and the capability of our partnerships.

Front Desk Reception:

  • Provide clients with resources, answer incoming calls, and greet walk-in clients and visitors to our CyberCenter & LGBTQQ Library.

Outreach and Civic Engagement:

  • Representing the LGBTQ 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.

Trans* Services:

  • Help provide a transgender-inclusive and supportive environment by facilitating and/or planning transgender-specific group discussions, special events and community outreach.

Immigration Resources:

  • 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.

Facilities Support:

  • 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 LGBTQ Center OC.

Internship (General/Other):

  • 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.

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