Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Western Youth Services. Being of service to others can provide a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment. Our mission is fulfilled in Orange County in large part, by concerned people like you who want to give back. There are three main ways to volunteer.
ACT/Outreach & Engagement
Volunteers assist the ACT/Outreach & Engagement teams by providing outreach and support to target participants, their families and their communities at large. Volunteers will disseminate program information through a variety of platforms, including, but not limited to, community events, workshops and presentations. Volunteers will also assist with case management (i.e. providing referrals and follow up to ensure linkage – this may happen in the office or field) and locate and update community resources.
Volunteers will assist staff with tasks such as opening, sorting, faxing, processing mail, filing, simple date entry/word processing, photocopying, reception backup, lobby assistance, setting appointments and reminder calls, answering phones and pulling charts. Volunteers may be asked to assist with Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy aide – data inputting, handing out and collecting questionnaire, being a playroom or waiting room attendant, reading books, playing games, doing art projects with children while parents are seen, assisting with preparation for groups, handling equipment and taking notes.
Volunteers assist the Agency by providing interpretation and translation (written and oral) for clients, families, clinicians, psychiatrists and the administrative staff. The primary role of the interpreter is to participate as a neutral party in the role as a conduit of information that flows between the clinic staff and the client and their family member(s)/caretaker. Volunteers must maintain and support a culture of compliance, ethics, integrity and have a sound understanding of and commitment to the WYS mission and philosophy.