Volunteering with WOAR
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 2018/2019 Training
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, August 20, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
January 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th, 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)
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The Volunteer Program at WOAR has the following components:
- Initial 40 hour training
- Monthly meetings with fellow volunteers for ongoing support & education
- Online sign-up for volunteer shifts on a first come, first serve basis
- Commitment to a minimum of 15 hotline hours per month.
- Hotline calls are taken from the volunteer’s home, allowing volunteers to attend to other tasks when not on a call. Hotline shifts are evenings, overnights and weekends.
- Provide crisis counseling at PSARC if a survivor is interested in medical accompaniment, from 5 pm to 11 pm.
- Commitment to volunteer with WOAR for at least 1 year.
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 please contact Siddharth Menon: click here to send an email.