Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of YWCA Lancaster. Come join our ever-expanding team and explore opportunities like serving on committees, helping with events, and being a volunteer advocate on our 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline.

YWCA Lancaster Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are welcome in several program areas and more opportunities will be available when the building reopens to the public.

  • Sexual Assault Hotline Volunteer
  • Facilitate a community program such as: Community Now Forums, Mobilize through Movies, or the Dorothy Height Book Club
  • Volunteer during the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration for Children
  • Lead change by volunteering on a committee
    • Core Standing Committees:
      • Mission Committee
      • Program Impact Committee
      • Property Committee
      • Development Committee
      • Finance Committee
      • Governance Committees
    • Specialized Subcommittees
      • Annual 5K Race Against Racism
      • Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center advisory committee
      • New Choices Program advisory committee
      • Center for Racial and Gender Equity advisory
      • Racial Equity Profile advisory
      • Human Resources Policy
      • Special Event subcommittee
      • Marketing Committee
      • Membership Committee


Volunteer Sign-up

How would you like to get involved?


40 Hour SAPCC Class: Advocate Training

The Sexual Assault Hotline is operated by trained staff and volunteers. Callers may utilize the hotline for several reasons, including, but not limited to: crisis intervention services, questions about resources and referrals related to sexual violence; inquiries about counselling; and requests to provide medical advocacy at local hospitals. The phone number for the Sexual Assault Hotline is (717) 392-7273.

The training meets the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s standards for Rape Crisis Centers. Participants who complete the training are eligible to volunteer or work at any center throughout the state. The course work includes material related to: history and philosophy, local center information, values, anti-oppression, counseling issues, sexual assault issues, ethics, confidentiality, medical system, legal system, advocacy, and local resources for information and referrals.

This program is intended for individuals interested in volunteering on the 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline or working at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center or at another Pennsylvania Rape Crisis Center. SAPCC volunteers answer the hotline remotely from home.

The training consists of 40 hours- 20 hours of online content are completed at your own pace and 20 hours of instruction are completed live. Course is offered at minimum twice a year (Spring and Fall).

Upcoming Training Dates:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Oct. 4th-28th (no class Oct. 15th)
Time: 6-8:15 PM (6-9 on Oct. 22nd)
Location: Zoom

Questions and Registration, contact Danielle H.: