Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Crisis Clinic. We could not provide our services without the generous commitment of so many in our community.

Crisis Line Volunteer quoteWe have a variety of volunteer opportunities to match your interest and availability for both youth and adults. When you volunteer with Crisis Clinic you can expect to receive professional training and caring supervision from our outstanding team. Our goal is to assure you have the knowledge and skill to make a difference in the lives of our callers.

Become a Volunteer
24-Hour Crisis Line Phone Worker
WA Recovery Help Line Phone Worker
Crisis Text Line (Remote Volunteer Opportunity)
Teen Link Opportunities for Youth & Adults
Washington Warm Line
King County 2-1-1 Opportunities
Board of Trustees
Other Opportunities

24-Hour Crisis Line Phone Worker
Crisis Line phone workers come from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. They have an empathetic and non-judgmental attitude and the ability to make a commitment to one shift a week. We offer a variety of shift options–including evenings and weekends–but are particularly in need of volunteers with weekday availability.

Candidates participate in a multi-stage application process, including submitting an application and pre-registering to attend an orientation and screening session. Volunteer Application pdf

We offer five phone worker trainings per calendar year with diverse training schedules. Please check the Fall 2014 Crisis Line Volunteer Training Calendar and the Complete 2015 Crisis Line Volunteer Training Calendar for application deadlines, orientation and screening dates and training schedules.

If you are interested in learning more about the phone worker training, volunteer program and application process please email [email protected] or call 206-461-3210 ext 697.

WA Recovery Help Line
Candidates with a specific interest in chemical dependency have an opportunity to gain valuable experience on the WA Recovery Help Line. Additional training is provided to prepare candidates to respond to callers seeking help with addiction, problem gambling and mental health issues. We offer internships for those who require a placement for school credit.

Please email [email protected] for more information. For both internships and volunteers, we are able to offer clinical supervision hours to those seeking their chemical dependency professional certification.
Recovery Help Line Intern Description (pdf)
Recovery Help Line Volunteer Description (pdf)
Recovery Help Line Complete Fall Training Calendars (pdf)

Crisis Text Line (Remote Volunteer Opportunity)
Crisis Clinic provides professional training and on-going support for volunteers serving as text specialists on the Crisis Text Line (CTL), a nationwide, free, 24/7 text hotline for young people. Trained volunteers on CTL’s web-based platform respond to texts from youth 13-25 years old who are seeking emotional support with a wide range of issues – bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more.

This is a unique opportunity to volunteer remotely with an organization with 50 years’ experience in crisis intervention and volunteer management. Crisis Clinic’s next remote training begins October 21, 2014. Please see the Crisis Text Line Training Calendar for the training schedule.

For more information on volunteering as a Crisis Text Specialist please contact: [email protected]

Teen Link volunteer quoteTeen Link Volunteers
Teen Link Volunteers begin as Outreach Workers and must be between 13 and 20 years of age. They raise awareness of Teen Link in their school and community or they join our Youth Suicide Speakers Bureau to help educate their peers about youth suicide.

Teens interested in answering phones on the Teen Link Help Line must complete an additional training in crisis intervention similar to the training received by volunteers on the 24-Hour Crisis Line, but it is specially focused on working with youth. Help line volunteers must be between 15 and 20 years of age.

Adult volunteers are needed to supervise the help line volunteers or to provide youth suicide prevention training in schools. A personal interview determines suitability. Teen Link Supervisor positions are now available!

To request more information about being a Teen Link volunteer, call 866-TEENLINK or email Teen Link.

Washington Warm Line
Are you compassionate and a good listener? Do you want to empower others in their recovery?

Warm Line calls are answered by people who are living with a mental illness and who want to share their experience to empower others. We provide professional training and support. For more information, email [email protected] or call 206-461-3210 ext 640.

Information Sessions:
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6-8pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6-8pm
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6-8pm

Next Training: Winter 2015–see our Complete 2015 Crisis Line Volunteer Training Calendar.

King County 2-1-1
2-1-1 volunteers gain insight into King County’s health and human services while supporting the work of our 2-1-1 Specialists.  Volunteer commitments range from 2-6 months, depending on the position.

Holiday Information and Referral Volunteers provide information and referrals for holiday food and gift programs from mid-October through mid-December.

Tax Season Volunteers provide information and referrals to United Way’s free tax preparation sites throughout King County.

Training is provided and hours are flexible for all positions. For more information, contact Dana Easterling, 2-1-1 Manager.

Board of Trustees
It is important that Crisis Clinic’s Board of Trustees reflect the diversity of the community we serve, and we welcome applications. Each candidate is considered based on his or her unique skills and experiences, how they will strengthen Crisis Clinic and help the Board fulfill its objectives. In particular, we are seeking candidates from outside of Seattle, especially South King County. We look for candidates with professional experience in finance/CPA, public relations/communications, business, technology, fund development or public/governmental affairs. We are seeking candidates with prior Board experience. For more information, contact Kathleen Southwick, Executive Director.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
We welcome individuals with the skills and talents to help us improve our operations or to help in our community relations efforts. We also welcome those with an interest in suicide prevention or recovery issues. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Crisis Clinic is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome and encourage diversity in our workplace. EOE/ADA