VST Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Human Services Department's Victim Support Team (VST)!

VST Program Updates

  • Applications will open up at the end of January/early February. The forms and information will be published on this page. 
  • If you would like to receive an email notification when the application goes live, you can click here to add your name to the prospective volunteer list.
  • The Spring 2022 training session will be held in May & June.
  • We are holding virtual information sessions about our volunteer roles in January and February. We ask that you attend one of these sessions if you plan to apply.
  • The City of Seattle requires COVID vaccines for staff and volunteers who will be in-person/on-site. All program opportunities will be following guidelines regarding public health and mask-wearing.

VST Training Academy

The academy is run as a cohort, where new volunteers are trained on an extensive range of topics. The 50 hours of learning provide the foundational knowledge necessary to support families in crisis and achieve a clear understanding of VST procedures and protocol. In 2020 VST conducted its first ever virtual training. This year's format is still under development and additional information will be published as it takes shape.

Testimonials from VST Academy Graduates

"This is probably the best learning experience I have had as an adult. This program has filled my heart in a way that I did not expect and has reinforced why this program is so important." 

"This program has been exceptional! I have been involved with many organizations over the years and by far, this one was the most comprehensive and well organized." 

Volunteering with VST

VST Volunteers offer support to survivors in a unique time of need, and their commitment and impact make this program a vital part of the City's response to violence. Volunteers can come from anywhere in the community... they do not need to have a background in social work or counseling. They are teachers, engineers, nurses, survivors, students, homemakers, retirees and beyond. What our team shares is that they each care deeply about making a difference in their community.

Benefits of volunteering with VST

  • Make an important impact - provide compassionate and non-judgmental support to survivors of violence and their loved ones.
  • Receive free of cost extensive training and ongoing mentorship/support to continually cultivate advocacy skills and knowledge
  • Interact with experts in the field of victim advocacy and an array of staff members and other volunteers
  • Build connections, community and relationships

How will I know if this is the right time for me to volunteer with VST?

  • The application, onboarding and training to join the team is an intensive process and requires investment to the fullest. We ask for a commitment of 8 hours per month for at least one year beginning at the completion of all training and backgrounding. It's important to consider if this current season of your life will allow the time and space for this volunteer position.
  • It has been at least 1 year since you became personally connected to the issue of sexual or domestic violence. Additionally, if you identify as a survivor, you have processed your experience through counseling or another method and you do not feel a sense of crisis in your daily life.
  • You have a strong support system in place and can identify those who would be supportive of your volunteer experience. 

If you are unsure about volunteering, attend an information session and make your decision with the support of staff who can answer your questions. 

Volunteer Information Sessions

We encourage you to attend one of our virtual information sessions to get more information on our volunteer opportunities and academy training. Please select the date that works best for you and RSVP using this online form to receive a confirmation email containing information to join the virtual meeting:

  • Tuesday, January 25th, 10:00am-11:00am
  • Monday, January 31st, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 5th, 11:00pm-12:00pm

We look forward to speaking with you about volunteering with VST!