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RISE up and volunteer! Join the ranks of volunteers that make RISE amazing. Become a crisis volunteer, find out about internship opportunities, and work directly with survivors and loved ones affected by sexual assault, sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.


RISE is devoted to ending sexual and intimate partner violence and we rely on our volunteers to help get this work done! As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to directly help survivors and loved ones affected by these issues, earn certification as a California State Crisis Counselor for sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as develop skill sets in the general administration of our agency.


There are many different ways you can help RISE as a volunteer. Volunteers staff the 24-hour crisis line, help out in the safe houses, provide support in the offices, work on fundraising and outreach events and much more. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Jennifer MacMartin, at or call 805-226-5400 ext. 305.

Internship Opportunities

RISE also has a number of internship opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as interested community members. Internship positions are available in the areas of Crisis Services, Education Services, Events, and Outreach. Internship commitments last for 6 months (two academic quarters, or one semester) and can be developed based on your passions and experience.


Though previous experience might be helpful, it is not required to become a RISE volunteer. All volunteers must complete the 65-hour training to become a California Certified Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor. Training sessions are approximately 4 hours long, twice a week for 9-10 weeks. Sessions are typically held weekday evenings, with a minimum of one Saturday afternoon class. These trainings are meant to provide you with extensive knowledge of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as other related topics meant to prepare you for your work as a volunteer. RISE conducts two these volunteer trainings each year - one session in the fall and one session in the spring. Locations typically alternate between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.


All RISE volunteers are expected to commit to serving at least one full year (with two to three crisis shifts per month) once certified.

If you are interested in volunteering after receiving your certification, we charge an initial fee of $200; after your first 6 months of continuous service, you will be reimbursed $50, and after the first full year of continuous service you will be reimbursed another $50. If you are interested in taking the training solely for professional development, we currently charge a non-refundable $300 materials fee. Payment plans and financial aid are available.

Once certified, volunteers are required to attend at least 8 out of 12 monthly continuing education meetings during their year of crisis service, to be updated or refreshed on policies, procedures, or related topics.


To apply to become a RISE volunteer, complete the online application. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to an interview so we can learn more about you and your interest in becoming a volunteer. All volunteers with RISE are thoroughly screened and fingerprinted.


We just recently graduated a class of amazing volunteers, and are currently planning for our upcoming training! If you would like to be added to our interest list, and kept updated for future sessions, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Jennifer MacMartin:


Phone: (805) 226-5400 ext. 305

RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English. All staff members are mandated reporters and have an obligation to report under the following circumstances: reports of abuse or neglect to minors, dependent adults, elders, as well as if a client is in danger of hurting themself or others.