As a WOAR direct service volunteer, you will provide crucial supportive counseling to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Volunteers staff the 24-hour Hotline and meet in-person with sexual assault survivors who are seeking medical attention at Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) at 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124. We also occasionally need assistance with agency events, fundraising, educational programs, and mailings. Your help is vital to WOAR operating the Crisis Hotline. Many survivors end up seeking our counseling services after speaking with one of our volunteers, so please consider joining our support team. Volunteers are required to participate in a 40-hour training course to become a Sexual Assault Volunteer Counselor. The training is done in a group setting consisting of presentations, videos, readings, and role-playing. You will learn about the sexual violence continuum, court proceedings, the forensic rape exam, crisis counseling skills, and agency services. After the training course is completed, you will listen in on Hotline calls before doing it on your own. All sessions must be attended. Our limit for SAC trainees is 25 per cycle and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sexual Assault Counselor 2020/2021 Training
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
Late January/Early February
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If you would like to become a WOAR Volunteer, please complete the online application and submit it with a resume. If you have questions about other volunteer possibilities and changes to training/volunteering during COVID-19, please contact Genet Araya: click here to send an email.