Your Voice Has Power. Answer the Call.
Our peer advocates receive calls, texts and chats from around the country, supporting teens and young adults in building healthier relationships. The callers range from those leaving abusive relationships to others who are simply curious about what healthy dating is. As a loveisrespect volunteer, you can be the voice on the other end, guiding people your age through difficult times.
Make a Difference!
Your fellow advocates will be there to support you as you respond to texts or chats. Loveisrespect supervisors will give you one-on-one attention and help you grow in your new role. Volunteering can help you:
- Establish a work history for your resume.
- Contribute to a national nonprofit.
- Learn interpersonal skills.
- Impress colleges and graduate schools.
- Feel the power of directly helping someone.
Join us today! Get started by reading the FAQ’s below and then viewing the application.
“I really love volunteering with you guys, it’s such a great environment to be in.”
“This experience has been deeply rewarding and meaningful to me, and I enjoy being able to give back in some way.”
“I’ve loved volunteering with loveisrespect. It has been one of the most influential experiences I’ve had in high school.”
What are the qualifications?
Potential volunteer advocates must:
- Be 16-25 years of age.
- Live in the Austin, TX area.
- Have the ability to listen well, actively and compassionately.
- Have a friendly, flexible personality.
- Be comfortable working in a socially conscious environment.
- Be able to work within the agency’s guiding principles to empower callers.
How many hours must I commit?
All volunteers must complete an application and interview with our volunteer and training coordinator, as well as complete a criminal background check. You must attend our on-site training sessions (total of 40 hours). Once your training is complete, we ask that you commit to two to four hours per week for a minimum of 12 hours a month.
What if I’m not in Austin?
We’re only conducting peer advocate trainings in Austin, but you can participate in our sister organization, Break the Cycle’s national volunteer program and join the movement against dating violence.
We are hoping to expand our peer advocate program outside of Austin in the future, so feel free to contact us and we will keep your information on hand.
When is the next training?
Please contact our volunteer and training coordinator for more information about the latest schedule. Call 512-453-8117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I can’t attend all of the training?
Depending on which days you miss, we may be able to conduct a follow-up training with you or you may have to wait and attend a future session.
Can I volunteer to fulfill a class requirement?
Yes, but please let us know when you apply that you want your hours to count towards a class. We also need to know ahead of time which evaluations or forms you need us to fill out.
Where do I submit my application?
Applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 161810, Austin, TX 78716 [ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator] or emailed as an attachment to email@example.com.
Ready to get started? View the volunteer application!