Get Involved - Human Options

Lives changed with your donation.

Over 70% of our budget is funded by private donations. Donations allow us to provide women and children who have experienced abuse with safety, healing and a way forward. Contributions also fund counseling, legal advocacy, education programs, and elder abuse prevention.

Every $100 provides one family with one full day of safety and healing at our emergency shelter.

You can make a one-time gift or make it recurring – $5 a week adds up to $260 in one year and only $10 a month equals $120 at yearend.

Donations can be made electronically or by check. We accept all major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa).

Every gift helps


If you prefer to write a check
Please make check payable to Human Options and mail to P.O. Box 53745 Irvine, CA 92619.

Memorial & Honorary gifts allow you to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion while contributing to Human Options.

Have an old vehicle? Consider donating it! More info

Leave a legacy by including Human Options in your estate and tax planning. More info

In-kind donations provide basic necessities and help families create a new home after entering our shelter. View our guidelines and wish list! 

Our Holiday Program makes the holiday season much brighter for many families who are rebuilding their lives. From adopting a family and providing presents, to donating to our holiday boutique, there are many opportunities to give back at the end of year. For more information, please contact Lauren Gonzalez at 949-737-5242, ext. 213 or

You can also support Human Options by attending an event or joining our Men in Motion and Sisterhood groups!

For more information about ways to donate, contact Nora Caldwell at 949-737-5242, ext. 211 or

Our Men in Motion and Sisterhood groups offer a place for like-minded individuals to come together, share their passion and truly make a difference.


Sisterhood is a community of women that meet four times a year to complete hands-on projects to benefit Human Options’ shelter and residential clients, who are survivors of domestic violence.

Our 2017 meetings have been set! Please join us on: February 9th – Art Therapy Paint Night, April 26th – Start With the Basics Drive, August 2nd – Back-to-School Drive and November 8th – Thanksgiving Meal Box Drive.

Register for our April event now!

For more information on Sisterhood, please contact Nora Caldwell at 949-737-5242, ext. 211.

Men in Motion

Men in Motion is a group of businessmen and male community leaders taking a public stand against domestic violence. They are committed to raising awareness around domestic violence issues. Since 2004, they have provided over $500,000 to support our local community education programs. Each year, they make an annual contribution and are recognized in a local advertisement.

Learn more about our Men in Motion campaign.

For more information on Men in Motion, please contact Melissa Walker at 949-737-5242, ext. 317.

There are several ways you can volunteer for Human Options. Your dedication and contribution will help victims of domestic violence restore hope and rebuild their lives.

Emergency Hotline

3 hour shift per week
Required to attend the 40 Hour Hotline Training Program. The next available training session will be offered in Spring 2017, March 31 – April 22.
Answer hotline calls and document each call
Client intakes

Children’s Program Volunteer

Shifts are M-F 8:30am – 1pm or T/TH 4:30pm – 8:00pm (volunteers choose one shift per week)
Required to attend Children’s Program Training.
Participate in activities with children
Organize and clean location
Work with children utilizing patience, warmth, and a non-judgmental attitude

Administrative Volunteer

Shifts are M-F 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm (volunteers choose one shift per week)
Answer and direct all phone calls
Accept and process in-kind donations
Greet and direct visitors, donors, and clients
Complete projects assigned by professional staff

Pro Bono Services

Human Options Legal Advocacy program greatly benefits from the pro bono services provided by attorneys.  Many of our existing pro bono partners provide services in the areas of Family Law and Immigration. Opportunities  include volunteering at a monthly legal clinic and representing clients pro bono in court. Human Options provides introductory training for attorneys interested in volunteering, but are not familiar with domestic violence.

How to volunteer:

  1. All volunteers must be 18 or older
  2. Commitment of at least 6 months required
  3. Email us at
  4. All volunteers will need to complete a background check and interview

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