As a WOAR Crisis Hotline Volunteer, you will provide crucial supportive advocacy to individuals who have experienced sexual violence. In addition to supporting our 24-hour hotline, our volunteers will now virtually (until WOAR is safely able return to providing this service in-person) advocate for victims/survivors who are seeking medical attention at Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) at 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124.
Your help is vital to WOAR’s operations. Many survivors end up seeking our therapy 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.
WOAR asks that Survivors who have received services at WOAR wait 2 years before applying to be a hotline volunteer.
Sexual Assault Counselor 2020/2021 Training
Winter SAC: FULL, No longer accepting applications. Please reach back out in Spring.
Spring SAC: March 15th
Summer SAC: June 15th
*If you have submitted an application but have not received an e-mail response, please check your junk/spam folder.
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.