Volunteer Services

For more information, email Kas at kas @rainbowcc.org

Current Volunteer Opportunities Submit a Volunteer Application Email our Volunteer Coordinator Tracking Volunteer Hours

The Rainbow Community Center’s volunteer program is the cornerstone of our ability to provide support programs and services to our LGBTQ+ community in Contra Costa County. Volunteers like you are an indispensable part of our mission of building community, fostering physical and mental wellness, and creating safe, welcoming spaces. Your volunteer work directly and positively impacts the lives of thousands of community members in Contra Costa County through community engagement at events, administration and facilitation of groups and programs, and interaction with our community members.

For more information about our volunteer program, contact Kas at 925.692.0090 ext 300 or at kas@rainbowcc.org. You can complete a volunteer application by clicking here.

Volunteer Application Process

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We are thrilled that you are interested in joining our Board, Staff, Interns, and Volunteer Team to ensure we continue to provide services to our LGBTQ+ community. To begin the process of becoming a volunteer,

Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Application by clicking here
Step 2: Make an appointment to see our Volunteer Coordinator Kas by emailing him at kas@rainbowcc.org
Step 3: Create an account here at TrackItForward to track your volunteer hours. Your email address and a simple password are required to create the account. We’re asking volunteers to use standardized password (first name and last initial, no spaces) for TrackItForward. You can also download a TrackItForward app by searching trackitforward(no spaces) on your Android and Apple device. Special permissions email address are NOT required to download this free app.
Step 4: Attend a Volunteer Orientation and tour. At our group orientation, you will learn about RCC’s history and mission, discuss various ways you can get involved in supporting our events and programs, receive brief trainings on Queer 101, Trans Education, Crisis Intervention, Creating Safe Spaces and Safe Boundaries, and more.

Upcoming Events and Trainings

RCC Pride on the Plaza Volunteers

Thanks for your volunteer support for our Annual PRIDE On The Plaza! Here are some details on the events:

Morning shift volunteers: 8:30,9am-12pm: Sean Crowder, Ricardo Torres, Nikki Keffler-Roa, Michelle Ottoboni, Robyn Kuslits, Vance Drouilliard, Grand Master Unicorn Linda Ray, Marie Kinzner, Julianne Carroll

Site Lead: Bethany Lim
Duties: Setup, bringing supplies over, canopy, chairs, and table setup,

Afternoon support volunteers: 12-5pm: Candice Albert, Elba Goosetree, Darrian Barrera, Tracy Jones, Joanna Ceponis, Neal Minietta, Dennis Fisher, Basha*, Stephanie Paige

Site Lead: Bethany Lim or Kas Shields. Please find the RCC booth (toward the center of the venue) and ask Jill or Tawny to locate us on the walkie talkies. Also feel free to call us if needed.
Duties: Various event support duties

Candice: Beer garden support
Elba: Raffle/Drink Ticket Sales
Michelle: Raffle/Drink Ticket Sales
Darrian: Raffle Ticket Sales
Joanna: RCC Info booth support
Neal: Raffle/Drink Ticket Sales/As needed
Dennis: Raffle/Drink Ticket Sales/As needed
Basha*: As needed
Stephanie: As needed
Tracy: As needed

Event cleanup support: 4-6pm: Fred, Trent, Sean, Janna, Michelle

Site Lead: Bethany Lim or Kas Shields
Duties: Canopy take down, returning supplies to RCC

Take note:

1. Weather forecasters anticipate a intervals of sunshine and clouds with a of high temperature of 72F.
2. We will at be a park setting so wear supportive footwear and comfortable clothing.
3. RCC’s parking lot and three parking garages are in a 2 block radius and are available for you to park in.
4. Take breaks! Other volunteers or I will happily cover your position as you take a break and enjoy the festivities.
5. Water and snacks are available for you at the RCC and RCC Volunteer Booth.
6. There will a Porta-Potty on the corner of Mt. Diablo and Willow Pass. RCC’s restrooms will also be available.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Women’s Program Volunteer
Support our Women’s Program which offers specialized groups and social activities for women
Speakers Bureau Volunteer
Provide a variety of trainings to community organizations, service providers, classes, etc. as part of our work to raise awareness and improve support for LGBTQ people in our area.
Senior Lunch Volunteer
Volunteer at our bi-monthly luncheon and create a social space for our senior community members
Front Desk/Admin Assistant
Greet visitors, answer phonecalls and support RCC’s day-to-day tasks
Friendly Visitor
Provide support and get to know other members of the community who are often unable to come to our center
Food Pantry
Volunteer at our weekly Food Pantry which provides social support and services for LGBTQ Seniors and People who are living with HIV/AIDS
RCC Ambassador
Help spread the word about RCC
Thrift Store Merchandiser and Backroom Coordinator
Help spread the word about RCC
Thrift Store Cashier and Display Coordinator
Help create a supportive, friendly, clean space at Concord’s favorite thrift store, Everything Under the Rainbow.
Administrative Volunteer
Support RCC the with planning and oversight of many of our events, grants, outreach materials and donor development

Tracking Volunteer Hours

Recognizing our volunteers is important to RCC and encourages commitment to help ensure that we continue providing exemplary service to our Contra Costa LGBTQ population. To help RCC Staff and Board recognize our volunteers’ time and dedication, we encourage our volunteers to track their hours via TrackItForward. You can track your hours by clicking here or at the button below and creating an account. Your email address and a simple password are required to create the account. We’re asking volunteers to use standardized password (first name and last initial, no spaces) for TrackItForward

Track Your Volunteer Hours

You can also download a TrackItFoward app by searching trackitforward(no spaces) on your Android and Apple device. No special permissions are required to download this free app.

Volunteer Highlight

Chelise Stroud


      Chelise is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in San Diego, she moved to the San Francisco east bay area when she was three, and has remained ever since. She attended Berkeley High School, and afterwards did her undergratuate studies at Cal State East Bay. She has since returned to school to complete a two year program in order to be CAADAC certified (California Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor).

In her spare time, Chelise loves to spend time with her son, RJ. She also enjoys creating mixed media art pieces. In 2002 she was selected as a Pro Arts Gallery Emerging Artist in Oakland, California, and three of her pieces were featured in their July show. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys regularly walking trails in Briones and Mt. Diablo State Park, spending time at the ocean and surfing, and playing softball for a Concord City League.

Chelise is also an avid writer and in the past has written professionally while working in the non-profit fundraising and development arena. Along with writing grant proposals, press releases and newsletter articles – Chelise also writes personal memoir, fiction, and poetry. The latter three can currently be found on her writing blog ~ Ink Splattered Soul.

In addition to school and focusing on her writing, Chelise is very active in her community and volunteers for many causes that she believes in. Among her many efforts, she regularly serves as a writing coach for middle school kids in the Berkeley Unified School District through Writer Coach Connection. In addition, this past Spring, she spent time on the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation helping with housing construction and rehabilitiation.

Chelise also particularly enjoys her regular volunteer work at Everything Under the Rainbow, the thrift store benefitting the Rainbow Community Center. You can find her in the store every Tuesday, helping customers, managing donations, and chatting with the friendly store regulars.

“I love the programs made available by RCC, and if my volunteering at the store helps to ensure that they continue, then I am more than happy to do this. Plus, the store manager Ashleigh, the other volunteers here, and the customers are all wonderful! The reason for doing the work is not just fulfilling – but the people I work with keep me motivated. I hope to always stay involved!