Volunteer Opportunities 

MHA volunteers contribute over 26,241 hours which translates to $514,586 annually
Please Join Them!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - MHA Board members, match the profile in areas of expertise and interest that will strengthen and broaden the agency.  Board members actively promote and support the mission of MHA, develop the Strategic Plan and  determine agency policy and procedure.  The Board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at noon.  If interested please complete the Board profile Click Here.  The profile will be forwarded to the Membership committee for their review and consideration.

HEARING ADVOCACY – Advocates fill a legally state mandated role to ensure that involuntarily detained persons in a psychiatric hospital have the opportunity to express their views regarding hospitalization, advocates support them through the process.  Advocates review patient’s charts, interview patients, and attend probable cause hearings with the patient.  Knowledge of mental illness is preferred.  2-4 hours per week, a 6 month commitment is needed.  Training is provided.

HOLIDAYS, Homeless Programs – Prepare and serve holiday meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas), organize festive activities, provide holiday gifts. Contact Richard Jimenez at 714-668-1530. 

HOMELESS MULTI-SERVICE CENTER – Provide support and assistance to homeless adults.  Plan and lead activities, which may include games, groups, exercise, crafts.  Assist with meal preparation and serving. Contact Richard Jimenez at 714-668-1530.

HOUSING – General Office Assistant, clerical duties including answering telephones, filing, organizing charts.  “Community Friend” – provide home visits to newly housed clients to lessen isolation and enhance client well-being.  Landlord Liaison – telephone and in-person communication to mha client landlords to expand housing options with knowledge of current list of vacancies, renter policy, acceptance of section 8 housing vouchers etc. Training will be provided.  Contact Christina Brady at 714-668-1530.

MENTOR PROGRAM – PROJECT TOGETHER –Volunteers mentors are matched children, youth and parents that receive mental health treatment through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Children and Youth Services.  For complete details on becoming a mentor (click here).  Contact Xochilt Figueroa at 714-836-0355.

OUTPATIENT CLINICS – General office Assistant, clerical duties include answering telephones, filing, organizing charts, scheduling appointments.  Knowledge of general office operations and interpersonal communication skills a plus.  Volunteers must sign a confidentiality form and follow all MHA policies and procedures.  Hours are flexible M-F, 8am – 5pm – a 6 month commitment is appreciated.

Costa Mesa – Jennifer Lansdon:  949-646-9227
Lake Forest – Katherine Womack:  949-458-2715
Garden Grove – Sherri Abassi:  714-638- 8277

CLUBHOUSE PROGRAM – Facilitate groups which are offered to clubhouse members, assist facilities manager, provide transportation for field trips and outings.  Activities are designed to enhance social and communication skills.  Groups meet on a weekly basis. Contact program directors listed above.

SPECIAL EVENTS/COMMUNITY EDUCATION – Serve on planning committees for MHA Community Service Award Luncheon (February), and/or Meeting of the Minds (May).  Assist with short-term projects (mailings, event registration, etc.).  Help plan community events:  Consumer Holiday Party (December) and Celebration Recovery Picnic (August).  Contact Pam Presnall at 714-547-7559.

THRIFT SHOP/JOB TRAINING CENTER – Job Coach – provide training and support to clients in preparation for community employment;  including workplace culture, merchandising skills, time management, and customer service  Stock Clerk – sort merchandise, price, display and assist customers, Donation Coordinator – schedule pick-ups and deliveries, assist with furniture relocation – Design Display Window – Select items from thrift shop to create a display for window fronting Main Street in Santa Ana, change out monthly.  Contact Darlene Powell at 714-424-9111.

For Further information call: (714) 547-7559

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