Dear Prospective Volunteer:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) where our mission is to provide support and services to women, children and families so they have the opportunities and skills to thrive.  There are many programs in which to volunteer your time. Walnut Avenue has four core programs and there are volunteer opportunities in all of our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are under the age of 18 please stop by our office to pick up a parental consent form and instructions on the application process for minors. The volunteer positions open to minors are in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. Minors do not attend the general volunteer orientation.

Before you begin, there are a few steps:

1. ORIENTATION: To sign up call 831-426-3062 and tell the receptionist you would like to sign up for a volunteer orientation.


3. APPLICATION:  Complete the paperwork that you receive at the volunteer orientation.

4. MEET WITH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR: Call 831-426-3062 to schedule a meeting with the Coordinator.  If you have selected a program or volunteer opportunity that requires you to get fingerprinted or get a TB test/full immunization, please complete those steps prior to scheduling your meeting with the volunteer coordinator.

5. TRAINING: Training requirements depend on the program selected for your volunteer/intern commitment.

6. COMMITMENT: Particular programs do have minimum time commitment requirements but we are happy to work with volunteers on creating short and long term volunteer opportunities.

Then you begin!

This may sound like a long process but because of the nature of our services, it is necessary for us to know as much about you as possible and prepare you for your volunteer work with our participants.

Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center has more volunteers than paid staff. We simply could not begin to serve all of the participants who walk through our door without a strong, committed volunteer base.

It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices),national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Volunteer Orientations are generally held twice a month. To confirm dates/times and register for an orientation, please call the office at 831-426-3062

Community Engagement Program

Volunteer and internship opportunities are part of our Community Engagement Program within our Resource Development Department. The Resource Development Department includes Community Engagement and Family Support Services.

Other ways you can engage with our agency besides volunteering with us include the following;

  • Follow us on Facebook @walnutavenuewomenscenter

  • Follow us on Instagram @walnutavenue_center

Funding for this program provided by

  • CalOES

  • Appleton Foundation

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