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Teen Volunteer Work Experience Program

Social Services Agency Office Support Volunteer

This year's program will run from June 24 to August 2. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, June 12. Click here to download the application.

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) operates under the policy direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the California Departments of Social Services and Health Services. SSA is responsible for planning, implementing and operating many of the social services programs provided by the County of Orange.

Minimum Age to Volunteer

Teens and young adults between 16 and 19 years of age may apply.
Please note there are no exceptions to the age requirements listed.

Locations to Schedule Volunteer Shifts 

Several office locations are available. Please see the application form referenced below for specific addresses.

Volunteer Duties/Responsibilities

Under close supervision, volunteers will assist SSA staff with tasks such as opening, sorting and processing mail; filing; basic data entry/word processing; photocopying; reception backup; lobby assistance; packet stuffing; faxing; preparing training packages; training room preparation and clean-up; escorting trainees to classroom; boxing up legal folders for closed files; setting appointments; answering phones; working in the store room and forms room; and various other clerical duties.

Volunteers will work in a safe, well-supervised, primarily office environment with a couple of warehouse opportunities at the Warner facility.  Teens will be assigned and trained on age-appropriate duties. Since volunteers may have some contact with clients and/or confidential information, they will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. A parent/guardian will also be required to sign the agreement if the volunteer is under the age of 18.

Skills or Qualifications Needed

Volunteers must demonstrate a positive attitude and willingness to process information and learn new procedures to provide support to SSA customers. Basic computer and customer service skills are helpful in this position. Additional qualifications include: data entry skills; ability to lift up to 20 pounds; good communication skills; ability to follow directions; and good interpersonal skills. Appropriate casual attire is required for a business setting.

Time Commitment

The Teen Volunteer Work Experience Program operates for six weeks from June 24 to August 2, 2024.  If a volunteer wishes to schedule hours beyond August 2, special arrangements may be made at the discretion of the work site. There is no minimum time commitment; however, volunteer hours must not exceed 20 hours per week. Volunteer schedules must be coordinated with the work site supervisor. 

Benefits Available to the Volunteer

The position offers teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age an opportunity to support the Orange County community by enhancing services for the public and gaining hands-on experience within an office environment.

How to Apply 

Applications will be accepted from May 28 to June 12, 2024. 

Please Click Here to access the Teen Volunteer Work Experience Program application. Completed and signed applications must be submitted to the following address:

Emailed to:

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Social Services Agency
Teen Volunteer Work Experience Program
1505 E. Warner Ave. 
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Attention: Amber Norris, Bldg. 15

If you are unable to access or print the application, please contact:

Amber Norris
Phone: (714) 825-3218

Parent/guardian consent is required prior to placement of teens under the age of 18.