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YWCA Carlisle301 G StreetCarlisle, PA 17013


Do you have a passion for community service? Are you a good listener? Would you like to help make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Then consider joining YWCA Carlisle's Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County for a sexual assault counselor/advocate training to learn about how to offer non-judgmental emotional support, crisis counseling, and resource information to survivors of sexual assault and other interested parties. There is no fee to participate and the training includes interactive online modules as well as face-to-face sessions.

Trainings are held every spring and fall.

Please contact Trisha Grace, Volunteer Coordinator, at (717) 243-3818 or tgrace@ywcacarlisle.org for more information and to receive a volunteer application.

Volunteers serve on the hotline and may accompany survivors to the hospital. As part of the comprehensive 40-hour training, which includes instruction on the psychological, medical, and legal implications of sexual assault, volunteers gain the tools necessary to feel comfortable and be successful in this important role. Crisis intervention and counseling skills are developed through discussion, role-plays, and feedback.

Volunters are required to have updated Child Abuse, Criminal Background, and FBI Fingerprint clearances prior to the start of their first hotline shift. We also require a valid driver's license.


  • Relationship Building
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Problem Solving
  • Counseling / Mental Health

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours
  • Online webinar modules to be completed

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