Get Involved - Human Options

Lives changed with your donation.
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 year-end. Donations can be made electronically or by check. We accept all major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa). Every gift helps!
Click here to learn about our donor privacy and refund policies. 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. Contact us to learn more.

Support Human Options when you shop online! By shopping through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated by Amazon. When you shop, search for and select Human Options as your charity or use our unique charity link. To learn more and view our charity wishlist, click here.

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

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

Holiday Program
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 support our programs, there are many opportunities to give back at the end of year. To Adopt-A-Family, click here. For more information, please contact Michelle Duong at 949-737-5242, ext. 318 or [email protected].

Events and Support Groups
You can also support Human Options by attending an event or joining our Sisterhood group!

For more information about ways to donate, contact Katie Szymczak at 949-737-5242, ext. 317 or [email protected].

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 meets four times a year to complete hands-on projects to benefit Human Options’ shelter and residential clients, who are survivors of domestic violence.

Our 2021 meetings have been set! Please join us on: February 24th – Teen Dating Violence Awareness, May 5th –  FRC Virtual Tour + Art Therapy, August 4th –  Back-to-School Drive and November 17th – Thanksgiving Meal Box Drive.

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.

For more information, please contact Katie Szymczak at 949-737-5242, ext. 317.

Due to the confidential nature of our work, volunteer opportunities are limited to emergency hotline volunteers and/or attorneys interested in providing pro bono legal services in the areas of Family Law and Immigration. A description of each volunteer opportunity is below:

Pro Bono Services

Human Options Legal Advocacy program greatly benefits from the pro bono services provided by our volunteer attorneys. Opportunities are available to provide advice and counsel, and representation for Domestic Violence Restraining Order cases and other Family Law matters. Human Options provides introductory training for attorneys interested in volunteering but are not familiar with the domestic violence restraining order process. We also have an occasional need for attorneys in other areas of law (tax, personal injury, immigration, employment, etc.) If you have a specialized practice and wish to be added to our pro bono consultant list, please reach out at the email address below.

Requirements & Criteria:

  1. Volunteers must be licensed to practice law in California and carry their own malpractice insurance.
  2. Volunteers must complete a pro bono onboarding training with the Legal Advocacy Program Manager before meeting with clients (2-4 hours depending on experience level).
  3. Volunteers must commit to picking up at least one case per year on a pro bono basis required (DVRO, other Family Law, or Immigration Law if appropriate).
  4. If you meet the above criteria, please email [email protected] with a copy of your resume, and let us know why you are interested in volunteering with us.

Emergency Hotline

Hotline volunteers help answer hotline calls and document each call. Emergency hotline volunteers are asked to do at least one, 3 hour shift per week. All hotline volunteers are mandated by the State of California to complete a 40 hour domestic violence awareness training before being eligible to volunteer.

Human Options offers the 40 hour domestic violence awareness training twice a year (Spring and Fall). For more information about this training and when it is being offered next, please visit our Events page.

Requirements & Criteria:

  1. All volunteers must be 18 or older
  2. Complete the required training specified for the position (see descriptions above)
  3. Commitment of at least 6 months required
  4. Email us at [email protected] if you meet this criteria and can volunteer