I want to donate my time to help people in my community affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Volunteer of the Month


Featured Volunteer of the Month: May 2024

Volunteer Start Date: August 2023

Time Served: 250 Hours

Kascha received Catalyst’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2023-2024. She says that she decided to volunteer with Catalyst because she wants to “break generational curses by helping survivors of domestic violence.” Kascha graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is now a registered nurse on the Telemetry Care Unit at Enloe Hospital.

Kascha’s favorite part of volunteering with Catalyst is providing outreach during community tabling events. She also provides support to the community by answering phone calls on our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and by volunteering for on-call shifts to accompany survivors of sexual assault at the hospital as a trained Response Advocate. She has volunteered 64 hours of on-call response advocacy to the hospital. Kascha would like to become a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (S.A.F.E.) Nurse in the future to continue her role in comforting and supporting those impacted by sexual assault. We are very lucky and grateful to have Kascha as a part of our Catalyst team!

Fun Facts: Fun Facts: Kascha loves to travel and has been to 13 countries and every US state (except Alaska). She would like to visit Spain and Portugal next. She also enjoys reading novels in her backyard hammock, watching movies, eating snacks, and participating in outdoor activities (like camping, hiking, or swimming).

Next Training Opportunity: Summer 2024

July 30th-August 22nd, Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-4:30 PM in-person at our Chico Business Office.

We love our volunteers!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Crisis intervention on the 24-hour hotline;
  • Direct support to participants in our housing programs and drop-in offices (Chico and Oroville);
  • On-call Sexual Assault Forensic Exam accompaniment;
  • Assistance in the Children’s Program;
  • Legal advocacy and court accompaniment;
  • Educational groups for HAVEN residents;
  • Providing information at community events;
  • Administrative assistance.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • A minimum commitment of 6 service hours per week for no less than 6 months (volunteers are
    welcomed and encouraged to continue with the program after 6 months);
  • Completion of 65-hour domestic violence and sexual assault counselor training (CA Evidence Codes 1037.1 & 1035.2);
  • Completion of screening and background check;
  • Participation in 8-hours continuing education per year offered by Catalyst.

If you are interested in volunteering with Catalyst, please review the Volunteer Job Description and the Volunteer Training Schedule, then complete the online application by clicking the link below. Please note that during the application process, you will be prompted to agree to the responsibilities listed in the job description and to the training dates listed in the schedule.

Training is required for all new volunteers, interns, and staff. Class space is limited to 20 total participants. Apply as soon as possible. Interview is required.

If you have further questions, please contact Nicole, our Volunteer Program Coordinator at (530) 895-0942 or email her at nicole@catalystdvsv.org.
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