Volunteer 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 2020/2021 Training

Winter 2021 (Tentative)

Application Deadline

Sunday, December 13, 2020


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 5:00pm-7:00pm


Late January/Early February

*If you have submitted an application but have not received an e-mail response, please check your junk/spam folder

The Volunteer Program at WOAR has the following components:

  1. Initial 40 hour training
  2. Monthly meetings with fellow volunteers for ongoing support & education
  3. Online sign-up for volunteer shifts on a first come, first serve basis
  4. Commitment to a minimum of 15 hotline hours per month, including a minimum of 10 overnight hours every two months.
  5. 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.
  6. Provide crisis counseling at PSARC during hotline shifts, if a survivor is interested in medical accompaniment
  7. 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 and changes to training/volunteering during COVID-19, please contact Genet Araya: click here to send an email.