All of the Suitcase Clinic’s volunteers are required to undergo a semester-long training classs prior to beginning their work in our clinic spaces. Our training emphasizes a holistic approach to addressing the problem of homelessness, teaching volunteers to be a caseworker with the unhoused and low-income community that utilizes our services.
During the academic year at UC Berkeley, those interested in volunteering with the Suitcase Clinic and working directly with folx in our clinic spaces (once we are able to) must first take this class. Class content includes caseworking, security training, and clinic policies and procedures. The application process requires a written application and, if selected, a follow-up interview. Our application is live aand can be accessed here.
We will be hosting virtual infosessions as well as participating in this semester's virtual Calapalooza, so please attend any of these events if you're interested in learning more about what we do as an organization and hearing from current volunteers about their experiences (more information on the graphic on the left as well as our volunteer tab). Make sure to also RSVP to our Facebook recruitment event here.
Spring 2021 (all times PDT):
Virtual Infosessions (Zoom: tinyurl.com/suitcasezoom):
- Wednesday, 1/27, 6-7 p.m.
- Thursday, 1/28, 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.
Virtual Calapalooza (Zoom: tinyurl.com/suitcasezoom):
- Wednesday, 1/27, 5-7 p.m.
Application (coming soon):
- Due Wednesday 2/3 @4pm
NO LATE APPS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Interview (invitation only):
Those interested in volunteering with the Suitcase Clinic, who are unable to take the course during the fall or the spring semester, or are not currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, may participate in a six-week-long training session held every summer. This training addresses the fundamental elements covered in the course including case-working, security training, and clinic policies and procedures.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 crisis, we will not be holding classes for Summer 2020.
For training-specific questions, comments, or concerns, please submit the contact form.