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Volunteer with Community Engagement
We invite you to apply to be a part of an exciting and worthwhile challenge and in doing so, help to carry out Chimo's mission: “Crisis, Transition, Education.”

Looking for a way to give back to your community? Want to connect with youth and help prevent crises? Become a volunteer presenter!


Volunteer presenters facilitate workshops in Richmond high schools on the following topics:

  • Suicide Awareness
  • Stress Management
  • Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention (T.R.A.P.)
  • Stress Management and Suicide Awareness (for ESL classes)
  • Employment Law
  • How to Listen/How to Help (Communication Skills)
  • Financial Literacy
  • Self Image

Training is provided and volunteers gain:

  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Workshop facilitation skills
  • Classroom management skills
  • Greater understanding of adolescent development, and perhaps gain empathy for youth.
  • Awareness of community resources

Volunteers create a safe learning environment and an understanding of warning signs and risk factors of suicide, depression, stress and/or unhealthy relationships. Volunteers also role-model effective, empathic communication and create awareness of effective stress management skills and community resources.

Minimum Volunteer Requirements:
  • 19 years of age and older
  • Good command of spoken English
  • Non-judgmental
  • Willing to learn
  • Interested in and open to working with youth
  • Deliver a minimum of 4 presentations per month for one complete school year
  • Must be available during school hours, week days from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Complete a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
"I retired from a long and satisfying career in community mental health. Both new experiences and continuing to use valuable skills are important to me. Being a volunteer presenter for Suicide Awareness fits the bill perfectly! My grandchildren are just entering their teens. The opportunity to interact with students in the classroom allows me to be much more in tune with the pressures they face.”

- Community Engagement Volunteer -