WHY WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers help with outreach and education, prevention, and direct victim services. Whether a Tier 1 volunteer or Tier 4 volunteer, each individual's time, effort, knowledge and skill helps to fill the larger service gaps needed to support the comprehensive goals of the OCHTTF.
For our volunteer mentors, by simply being in the survivor's life it can help our survivors potentially see who they can be outside of their trafficker and trafficking situation. The social support network helps survivors build a normal life outside of a victim services program.
Depending on any one person for all means of basic human survival has often been the survivor's norm; the slavery that they have lived through. Creating opportunities for survivors to be self-reliant and access a wide-range of resources, in a safe setting, is critical to the healing journey.
The OCHTTF's volunteer program aims to engage community members in supporting the overall mission of the OCHTTF. Volunteer opportunities vary and are ongoing year-round. Currently, volunteers participate in community outreach and education efforts, donate basic client resources in alignment with comprehensive case management plans, provide direct client support, and spearhead pilot programs aimed at at-risk youth. Our volunteers are dedicated to creating awareness about human trafficking in Orange County, supporting partner agencies, and impacting the lives of those affected by human trafficking. They have been instrumental to helping the OCHTTF create something out of nothing.
small one-time events or conferences; writing letters; community outreach
community education and awareness;
prevention; running a small fundraiser
short-term projects, hosting/sponsoring survivor events, transportation and
minimal client assistance
longer-term projects, survivor welcoming committee, survivor support groups or workshops, volunteer mentorship.
HOW DO I START VOLUNTEERING?
NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
You must attend a new volunteer orientation in order to start volunteer process. We hold the orientations three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Check the website calendar to RSVP.
A minimum of 2-hour trainings or 8-hour trainings are required depending on type of volunteer work, in addition to any available trainings provided at the monthly volunteer meetings.
Monthly volunteer meetings come with trainings on different topics and volunteer debrief support group sessions.
SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER
Monthly volunteer opportunities ranging from all tier levels to level 4 only are sent out to volunteers through a mailing list. You need to be an approved volunteer in order to be added to the mailing list distribution.