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Volunteer Mission

The Trevor Project is dedicated to recruiting qualified volunteers to provide life-saving, life-affirming support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. As the heart of The Trevor Project, our volunteers accomplish societal and individual change by creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in crisis and promoting awareness of Trevor’s resources. Through their endeavors, Trevor is dedicated to uplifting and supporting our volunteers as they work to empower LGBTQ youth nationwide.

Programmatic Volunteer Opportunities

TrevorChat & TrevorText Volunteer

TrevorChat /TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer instant messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression and suicide. Volunteers need access to a computer in a private location with a strong internet connection, and should be comfortable with instant messaging and with using the Internet.

Trevor Lifeline Volunteer

Trevor Lifeline volunteer are trained to answer calls on the Trevor Lifeline from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. This is an onsite volunteer opportunity and those interested need to live near our Call Centers which are located in LA and NYC.

General Opportunities

Engagement Volunteer

Engagement volunteers support the Community Engagement Department by leading volunteer orientations, tabling at recruitment fairs, and training incoming volunteers in basic Trevor 101.  

Event Volunteer

Event volunteers support The Trevor Project at various events throughout the year including TrevorLIVE, Pride and Trevor Ambassador City fundraisers. Tasks may include event set-up and strike, escorting VIP guests, guest and volunteer check-ins, gift bag assembly and more.

Admin Volunteers

Admin Volunteers help Trevor staff members with mailings, filing and other administrative tasks. When projects become available, volunteers are contacted depending on their interests, availability and skills. This is an onsite volunteer opportunity only located in LA & NYC.

How to Apply

  1. Attend Orientation
    Learn more details about the organization, volunteer opportunities and what will be the best fit for you.  *Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. If you are under 18 please consider our Trevor Youth Advisory Council.
    If you are interested in volunteering at The Trevor Project, please click here for our orientation schedule.
  2. Submit an Application
  3. Interview
  4. Get a Background Check
  5. Complete Training
  6. Volunteer!

While it may seem that there are many steps to our process, we do so with the safety in mind of the young people that we serve.  At each of these steps you will receive continuous guidance from our Community Engagement Staff and once you are placed into a program, you will receive support from the manager of that program during your time volunteering with The Trevor Project.

Please keep in mind: Although we will work to find the best match for each volunteer, because of the nature of the work we do, not everyone is a match for our programs. We reserve the option to refuse applicants if we feel they are not the best fit.

If you have further questions about our Orientation Schedule or Program and General Volunteer opportunities, please email our Community Engagement Intern at [email protected] or sign up for an orientation here.

Other ways to support Trevor's mission:

Trevor Ambassadors and NextGen

The Trevor Ambassadors and NextGen groups are comprised of local supporters who are committed to expanding programmatic, communications and fundraising efforts to new geographic areas, helping to ensure LGBTQ youth have the support they need locally when they face a suicide crisis. 

Pride (opportunities available from April-August) 

The Trevor Project has major Pride presence in LA, NYC and all our Ambassador cities. For more information, please visit our Pride page.

Note: Click here to access an image-based version of this page showing Volunteer opportunities by geographic location.