The Trevor Project could not exist without our incredible volunteers.
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.
No matter where you live in the country, you can participate in these volunteer opportunities:
TrevorSpace administrators monitor our social networking community for LGBTQ youth between 13 and 24 years old to help ensure it is a safe place. Applicants who have experience writing program content for websites are also encouraged to apply.
TrevorChat counselors answer instant messages in real time and are not required to be in a Trevor office. Counselors should have access to a computer with reliable internet, and be comfortable using browser applications like Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Ask Trevor Author
Ask Trevor authors reply to letters from young people with non-time sensitive questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Authors work independently and respond to letters anytime and anywhere.
Some volunteer opportunities are only available in certain cities. If you live near one of the locations listed below, we hope you consider applying to volunteer!
Trevor Lifeline Counselor
Trevor Lifeline counselors 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.
Los Angeles: Randy Stone Call Center West
New York: Randy Stone Call Center East
Trevor Lifeguard Workshop Facilitator
Trevor Lifeguard Workshops help youth identify challenges faced by LGBTQ people, recognize warning signs of suicide and respond in a way that keeps themselves and their peers safe. Facilitators are trained to present the Lifeguard Workshop in-person for up to 35 young people at a time.
New York / Tri-state metro area (New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island)
Los Angeles, CA
Tulare County, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Washington D.C. metro area
Event volunteers support The Trevor Project at various events throughout the year including TrevorLIVE, Pride festivals, 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.
Trevor Ambassador cities
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Office assistants 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.
West Hollywood, CA
New York, NY
HOW DO I APPLY?
1. Attend Orientation
Learn more details about the organization, volunteer opportunities and what will be the best fit for you. We strive to balance the skills, time constraints, and desires of each individual with the needs of the many young people that utilize our services.
2. Submit an Application
4. Get a Background Check
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.
The Trevor Project has created systems to help ensure we find the best opportunity for each potential volunteer. We strive to balance the skills, time constraints, and desires of each individual with the needs of the many young people that utilize our services. There are a volunteer opportunities available for most skill sets and time availability.
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.
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.
The steps to our volunteer placement process include:
- Volunteer Application
- Background Check
- Program placement
*Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. If you are under 18 please consider our Youth Advisory Council.
At each of these steps you will receive continuous guidance from our Volunteer Coordinator. While the process might seem long, once you’re accepted into a program you are in our systems, making it simple to manage your commitment. Once you are placed into a program the manager of that program will provide you support and guidance during your time volunteering with The Trevor Project.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Trevor Project, please sign up for an orientation below. At orientation we will introduce you to The Trevor Project's mission, explain the process of becoming part of our volunteer team and how you can participate in the many opportunities that help save young lives everyday.
Orientation Schedule 2014
Sign up for either an in-person orientation in one of our two office cities, or a webinar orientation that’s available nationwide. If the dates listed below do not work for you, check back often to see new dates and links added.
We are now recruiting in the Los Angeles and Tulare/Kings County areas for our Education and Crisis Services programs:
Webinar Orientation: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:30PM Pacific (Please register only if you live in the Tulare/Kings County or Los Angeles area )
LA In-person Orientation: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:30PM Pacific (Please register only if you live in the Los Angeles area)
If you have further questions, please email our Community Engagement Associate at VannePaige.Padgett@thetrevorproject.org.