YWCA is on a continued mission to empower women and families! We believe that women can thrive when they are free from violence, have access to quality education and training and economic opportunities. YWCA assists people on this journey by providing them tools through the services we offer. Our work plays an instrumental role in the advancement of women in today’s marketplace and we cannot do it alone.

YWCA invites individuals and corporations to share their talent with us through a broad range of  volunteer opportunities to support our work. To learn more about those opportunities, please check out our events and plan on attending one of them so you can meet us firsthand and explore how you might get involved.

Immediate Needs

Rape Crisis Hotline Volunteer

Volunteer to answer calls for the YWCA’s Rape Crisis Hotlines or respond to crisis calls in-person at local area hospitals. Help counsel victims of sexual violence and provide resources to assist them in recovery.

Our policy is to only have comprehensively trained individuals work directly with survivors (answering the hotline, medical advocacy, etc.).

Medical Advocate Volunteer

As a medical advocate volunteer, you will be on call to provide 24-hour medical advocacy to hospital emergency rooms. With the survivor’s permission, advocates are expected to stay and provide comfort throughout hospital examinations, evidence collection and police interviews. Volunteers must demonstrate a non-judgmental, supportive attitude toward all survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers should be able to provide a one-year service commitment and complete the 50+ hour Crisis Intervention Training. Volunteer Advocates will benefit from comprehensive training, experience in crisis counseling, references for future job opportunities and opportunities to interact with veteran advocates and other sister organizations.

SVSS Outreach Volunteer

Outreach Volunteers help get the word out about Sexual Violence and Support Services programs and volunteer opportunities. You might help recruit new volunteers, participate in activist initiatives, facilitate workshops and distribute information about our services and sexual assault at community events.

For more information, please contact the representative in your area:

Chicago – chicagorapecrisishotline@ywcachicago.org
DuPage County – kristina.ochoa@ywcachicago.org
South Cook County – debra.perry@ywcachicago.org

Fundraising and Events

Ambassadors Council

Ambassadors Council members are key influencers in the City of Chicago and suburbs who volunteer to fundraise and support the work of the YWCA. Click here for more information about the Ambassadors Council.