Volunteer / 40-Hour Training

At Rainbow Services we rely on our volunteers for many aspects of agency operations and fundraising – we rely on their commitment and on the fact that they take their commitment seriously.  Volunteers enhance Rainbow Services’ ability to achieve its overall mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence, and to improve the quality of life of our program participants and maintain their dignity in a compassionate and caring atmosphere.

Rainbow’s volunteer program:

  • Promotes the value of volunteering for Rainbow Services and reinforces the love of service in our volunteers;
  • Strives to meet the ever-changing needs of the community, the agency and its participants;
  • Matches volunteers to participants and projects which are mutually compatible with their needs, interests and skills;
  • Effectively reacts to trends in volunteerism; and
  • Continues the Rainbow Services tradition of volunteer excellence and ethical service.

Rainbow’s volunteers help raise much needed funds, assist with the children’s program, make meals at the shelter, do our grocery shopping, help the children with their homework, assist our legal department, act as interpreters, provide clerical support, organize holiday donations, and so much more.

At Rainbow we know how precious our volunteers are, and we enjoy few things more than honoring them and their contributions.  Perhaps you can picture yourself a volunteer.  It’s not difficult.  We do all of the training and work hard to match each person to the volunteer job that will provide the most gratification.  Call 424-264-0641 and we can set up an appointment to meet and talk about matching your skills with our needs.


To volunteer, intern, or work directly with victims of domestic violence in a shelter setting, a specific 40-hour training course is required by the State of California*. Rainbow Services holds 2 sessions of the mandated 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training each year.

The next training will begin on Monday evening, March 5, 2018. It will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9 or 9:30 – depending on the topic – and will end on Monday evening, April 16, 2018. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. There is a materials fee of $150. Online registration for the classes is now open.

*This class is for working with victims of domestic violence. It is not the training for the batterer intervention programs.

The cost is $150 which includes all materials. Everyone who completes the course will receive a certificate needed to work or volunteer at a domestic violence shelter agency.

The course includes but is not limited to:

  • An overview of domestic violence
  • LGBTQ issues in Domestic Violence
  • Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Legal issues
  • Housing/Public Assistance/hotline
  • Domestic Violence and Disabilities
  • Trauma Informed Services
  • Survivor options
  • Effect of domestic violence on children
  • Abusive teen relationships
  • Cultural Competency
  • Self-Care

Click here to register. For further information please email Judy Gordon: jgordon@rainbowservicesdv.org

*This class is for working with victims of domestic violence.  It is not the training for the batterer intervention programs.