Sharpen your professional skills while supporting people in the workplace.

Peer counselors create a trusted space for people to share their work challenge, talk through options, and if needed, get connected to additional resources. They are working professionals at every stage of their careers––who volunteer their time and skills to help people feel understood, heard, and empowered.


I am passionate about helping people become more effective at work and more skilled in general at maneuvering the world as a human being.
— Eva, operations director, trained life coach, former lawyer

WHAT TO EXPECT

As a peer counselor you'll receive robust training that improves your professional skills in active listening, management, and workplace dynamics, and hands-on support from our training staff. 

We ask that you commit to a minimum of two hours a week for at least six months. Many peer counselors choose to volunteer even more! Shifts are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:00pm PT. 

Here's how to get started: 

1. Fill out the form below with your email and name.

2. You will immediately receive a link to a short (12 minutes, tops!) application. We'll ask you questions about your interests, experience, and relevant skills. If you don't receive the link please email us at volunteer@empowerwork.org

3. If we're a good fit for your skills and interests we'll schedule a 30-minute phone interview with a member from our training team. Once accepted you'll receive 20 hours of training––done over video, but taught by real humans––along with supportive, hands-on practice until you're ready to start talking to texters. 

We're here to help! If you have any questions about applying, training, or volunteering with Empower Work drop us a line at volunteer@empowerwork.org.


Ready to start?

Fill out the form below and we'll get the ball rolling! We'll immediately email you a link to our short application. 


Why volunteer with Empower Work?

  • Build your skills. Volunteers report learning new skills in our training that they use not only on our text line, but also in their workplaces across the country.

  • Be part of a community. Join a community of driven, accomplished professionals passionate about making the workplace a more welcoming and equitable place for everyone.

  • Make a difference. Over 90 percent of people who used Empower Work say they feel better after talking to a peer counselor. Even one conversation can help someone feel heard and supported.

  • Create your own schedule. Volunteer when you want, where you want during our open hours. Create your own schedule (at least two hours a week) and text or web chat anywhere—your office, couch, or any space you feel comfortable and have secure internet.


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Top Five Reasons To Volunteer with Empower Work


I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I believe what happens to us at work is significant and can carry into all aspects of our lives.
— Jyot, Empower Work volunteer, chief operating officer