Get Involved


Join the movement to end domestic and sexual violence!
Discover how you can show your support through volunteering, donating, or fundraising.


VOLUNTEERING


Volunteers help Schuylkill Women in Crisis in many ways. Do you have a few hours a month to improve the lives of women and children in your community? Do you have a special talent to share, such as cooking, crafts, yoga, music, etc.? Are you bilingual?

Volunteers help SWiC in two capacities – as direct service and as indirect service.

Direct service volunteers work directly with our clients and must complete the state-mandated 40-hour training. 19 of these hours can be done online, with the remainder completed in a classroom setting in Pottsville. Participants will learn about confidentiality, the impact of domestic violence on children, safety planning, active listening, and advocacy. Once trained, volunteers will receive at least 5 hours of additional training specific to their volunteer interest(s).  Examples of direct service volunteering include answering hotline, assisting victims in SWiC’s courthouse office, providing shelter coverage, helping at activities and programs for shelter and transitional housing residents, etc. Direct service volunteers can also help in an indirect capacity as well.

Indirect service volunteers do not need to complete the training and can volunteer in ways that do not involve direct contact with clients, such as at fundraisers, tables in malls and other public events, stuffing envelopes and other clerical assistance, etc.

Completing Projects/Conducting Product Collections
Throughout the year, many students seeking to fulfill community service hours, individuals, and businesses assist SWiC by volunteering their time and talents in helping SWiC complete projects and/or by conducting product collections to benefit the survivors we serve. If you or an organization are interested in completing or helping with a project or organizing a product collection, please contact SWiC at 570.622.3991.

Volunteer Training


SWiC is seeking caring, sensitive individuals who are interested in volunteering their time to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. Volunteers must complete a 40-hour training program held two nights a week for three weeks in Pottsville. In addition, as part of the training, the volunteer must complete 19 hours of online modules. For more information, or to register for training, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at SWiC, 570.622.3991.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact
SWiC’s Volunteer Coordinator at
570.622.3991 or swicagency@comcast.net.



DONATING

SWiC accepts donations of funds, used cell phones, gently used items – such as clothing, toys, household items, and more – as well as bequests. Our acceptance of large furniture items may be limited by available storage space and the current needs of our clients. To find out if what you have in mind is something SWiC can use, please call 570.622.3991 before bringing items to donate.

Funds
Your generous financial donation will provide life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and their children fleeing abuse, including 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, and more. Click the button below to make a donation. You can also make a contribution by phone or mail. Please call 570.622.3991 or make check out to “SWiC” and mail to: SWiC, P.O. Box 96, Pottsville, PA 17901.



Used Cell Phones
A local communication company re-programs donated phones so that they can be used to call 911 during an emergency. These phones are given to shelter residents when they leave the building for work or errands, to clients whose abuser broke or took the victim’s cell phone, and to clients whose abuser has access to her phone records and usage. Please include the charger(s) with the phone(s). In addition, SWiC sends gently used phones to the Shelter Alliance Program which results in a monetary donation to the agency to help defray the cost of our operating expenses as we help victims. Donated cell phones can be mailed to SWiC at P.O. Box 96, Pottsville, PA 17901 or call 570.622.3991 for other arrangements.

Gently Used Items
SWiC accepts gently used clothing for women of all sizes and ages, for children of all sizes and genders, for men generally of a style for teens, as well as donations of new underwear and socks. We also accept gently used toys (no toys that look like weapons please). If you are interested in donating large items such as furniture, please contact SWiC’s Property Manager, 570.622.3991, to see if we are able to use, re-locate, or store that item at this time.

We are unable to pick up donations due to limited staff and transportation. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Other times may be arranged by calling SWiC at 570.622.3991. Please call before dropping off donations.

Product Collections
Throughout the year, many students seeking to fulfill community service hours, individuals, and businesses assist SWiC by conducting product collections to benefit the survivors we serve. If you or an organization are interested in conducting a collection, please contact SWiC at 570.622.3991.

Please see our Wish List if you are interested in donating needed items.


Charitable Bequests
A bequest to SWiC is a simple and convenient way to provide important support for our mission to provide comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families, conduct public information and educational activities, and foster social and systems change to eliminate personal and institutional gender-based violence.

SWiC has established an endowment fund that will support the mission of the organization, managed through Schuylkill Area Community Foundation (SACF). SACF will accept donations for the SWiC Endowment Fund at any time throughout the year and in any amount. If your preference is to make the contribution anonymously, SACF staff will honor your request.

If you are interested in establishing a charitable bequest, please use the following language in a will to contribute to an established fund at SACF:

“I give ___________________________[description of gift] to Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, its successors or assigns, to the Schuylkill Women in Crisis Endowment Fund consistent with the Fund Agreement previously established at the Community Foundation.”

For more information about making a contribution to the SWiC Endowment Fund, please visit ”www.sacfoundation.com and complete the donation form or contact the SACF Executive Director at 570.624.7223.


FUNDRAISING

Annual SWiC Spring Challenge Golf Tournament

SWiC’s largest fundraiser is the annual SWiC Spring Challenge – a golf tournament held on the last Friday in April. Every year, the success of the event can be credited to the many business and individual sponsors who provide financial support for various aspects of the event. This event helps to ensure that resources for women and children fleeing abuse remain available locally. The golf tournament begins with registration and a buffet lunch, followed by flighted shotgun. Dinner and awards follow the tournament. If you are interested in helping by sending a contribution, volunteering, golfing, and/or providing a sponsorship, call SWiC at 570.622.3991.

Power of Women Team
Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC) launched its first annual Power of Women team in March 2014. This group of women were nominated due to their leadership in and commitment to the Schuylkill County community. This team committed to demonstrate the “Power of Women” by raising a minimum of $500 each by the end of June and by spreading awareness about domestic violence to ensure that no woman is left trapped in a dangerous relationship.

In 2014, the women raised enough funds to bring “Remote Control,” an interactive play about dating violence, to five area high schools plus Penn State Schuylkill campus in September 2014. “Remote Control,” produced by Deana’s Educational Theater (DET), explores the relationship between two characters, who are dating, and their friend, who becomes an involved bystander when abusive behaviors emerge. Using an imagined “remote control” device, the narrator stops, rewinds, and replays various scenarios while the actors incorporate the audience’s observations and suggestions into the action of the play.

Each year different women will participate on the team. If you are interested in becoming involved on a future Power of Women team, call SWiC at 570.622.3991.

Individual or Group Fundraisers
Throughout the year, many students seeking to fulfill community service hours, individuals interested in supporting SWiC’s mission, and businesses assist SWiC by conducting fundraisers, such as dinners, events, sales, and more. If you or an organization or business are interested in conducting a fundraiser, please contact SWiC at 570.622.3991.