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Volunteering with SWiC

Founded by community volunteers, Schuylkill Women in Crisis is only able to offer the array of critical services that we do because of our dedicated volunteers. Have you ever thought about volunteering for SWiC? SWiC was founded in 1983 by volunteers and has relied heavily on volunteers ever since. You can 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? Are you bilingual? Do you have a special talent to share? Cooking, Crafts, Yoga, Music - just to name a few...

Volunteers can help SWiC in two ways: as direct or indirect volunteers.

Direct Service Volunteers

Direct service volunteers work directly with victims and must complete the state-mandated 45-hour training. 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 longer-term housing residents, etc. Direct service volunteers can also help in an indirect capacity as well.

  Training is required for these volunteer opportunities:

  • Answering Hotline Calls
  • Helping at Shelter
  • Assist Victims in Completing Protection from Abuse Orders
  • Accompany Victims to Hospitals and Court Proceedings
  • and more...

Indirect Service Volunteers

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

  Training is not required for these volunteer opportunities:

  • Events Assistant
  • Committee Members
  • Homework Helper
  • Donation Room Volunteer
  • Clerical Volunteer
  • Newsletter Contributor
  • Maintenance
  • Reading at Storytime

Volunteer Connection

We love and appreciate our volunteers here at SWiC! Get to know some of our committed advocates who dedicate their time and talents to instilling hope and promoting change in our community!

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Volunteer: Kathy Jones


How long have you been a volunteer for SWiC?

 2 years.

Why did you choose to volunteer at SWiC?

 I feel it's a worthy cause. It feels good to give back to the women.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at SWiC

 I volunteer at the courthouse, and I like that I can see these women smile. I enjoy seeing these women smile even after they experienced something so traumatic. It really makes me feel good at the end of the day.

Volunteer: Sandy Kachmar


How do you like to spend your free time?

 In my free time I like to spend time with my family, especially my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I also love to travel and go to the theater.

How long have you been volunteering for SWiC?

 About 20 years.

How do you enjoy spending your time volunteering?

 I like to volunteer in the office and help at the shelter parties. I especially like to reach out to the churches and get the things the program needs. I was involved in getting things for the transitional houses.

Why is volunteering with SWiC important to you?

 It is important to me because there was no help when I was a young woman. It is a program that completely changes life for a woman today, and I'm glad to be a part in it.

Get Involved!

Join our team of volunteers to share your talents and have some fun! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available, and we are open to suggestions of how you'd like to use your skills to better our community.

For more information, contact swicagency@comcast.net or call 570.622.3991!

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