CCEJ could not exist without the thousands of hours of service dedicated by our volunteers. CCEJ’s volunteers help us design and deliver programs, convene special events and raise funds, provide administrative support in our offices, and assist our employees in a myriad of other ways each year.

Volunteer with Building Bridges

CCEJ provides a number of vital social justice programs focused on transforming divisions and building alliances across lines of racial, cultural, gender, socioeconomic and religious differences.

Building Bridges Leadership Academy (BBLA): provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to support youth empowerment and leadership, as well as prepare to volunteer in CCEJ’s youth programs.

Completing the Academy is the first step to becoming a Building Bridges volunteer. Graduates are eligible to serve as program facilitators and volunteers for these CCEJ Building Bridges programs and more:

  • Building Bridges Camps
  • Building Bridges Youth Council
  • Conscious Classrooms
  • Summer Youth Leadership Institute
  • Building Bridges Leadership Academy
  • Building Bridges Clubs Alliance

CCEJ staff will invite graduates to become volunteers if they display commitment to continuously learning and seem to be a good fit for our programs. CCEJ staff will communicate with you afterwards about your eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on the next BBLA and volunteer training opportunities, please call Kathleah Pagdilao at 562.435.8184 or email at kpagdilao@cacej.org.

Volunteer with Restorative Practices in Communities

We are looking for community members with diverse life experiences to serve as circle keepers and/or training facilitators in our restorative justice work. Community leaders, social justice advocates, formerly incarcerated people, healing practitioners, elders and change agents encouraged to apply.

“Healing Harms” Restorative Justice, Circle Keeper Volunteer Training: This annual 45-hour training experience prepares community members to co-facilitate circles for our restorative justice case referral program. This requires a multi-part training arc. Participants develop and learn the skills necessary to be a circle keeper for cases diverted from police departments, courts, and other juvenile justice related systems. As well as, our general referrals from families and community based organizations.

Through this training, you will gain a deepened understanding of restorative justice philosophy and practical experience co-facilitating restorative circles for our diversion programs.  You will explore tools to create a space for families and community to come together and collectively determine meaningful healing steps when harm or conflict occurs.

Upon completion of our training, volunteers have the opportunity to co-facilitate community mediation sessions and/or restorative justice circles for both our RPIC Case Referral Program. We require a one year commitment from our volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on upcoming volunteer training opportunities, please call Vanessa Michelle Petti at 562.435.8184 or email at vpetti@cacej.org.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We always welcome volunteers interested in joining us to make a difference in their community and help to eliminate racism, bias and bigotry.

  • Invite us to share our work with your student or community group
  • Help us plan a community event like our Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast
  • Connect us with potential sponsors, including businesses and groups which are interested in supporting CCEJ’s work

If you would like to learn more about how you can help, please contact our office at 562.435.8184 or email us at info@cacej.org.

Thank you for your generosity!

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Nomination Application

Please make sure to tell us about your nominee in your 1-2 pages by including the following:

1) Significant contributions to the Greater Los Angeles or Long Beach Community in the area of social justice/human relations
2) How they promote respect and justice among all people regardless of differences in race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity
3) How they demonstrate commitment to social justice and human relations by way of service (if it’s at work, then above and beyond their paid scope of work)
4) Ways they foster inter-group, inter-faith cooperation
5) How they are connected to the Greater Los Angeles or Long Beach area