Volunteer Opportunities

All currently available volunteer opportunities are listed in our Volunteer Application. While completing the application, please indicate which opportunities are of interest to you. Once your application is submitted, a volunteer coordinator will be in touch within 3-4 business days to schedule an orientation and building tour. Clearances are required at no cost.

Winter Overnight Shelter:

The YWCA provides a life- saving service to women who are living on the streets during the winter months (December 1 – March 31). We open a room to provide a warm, comfortable and safe place for women to sleep who either can’t or won’t avail themselves of regular homeless programs.

It is a low demand shelter, meaning that as long as behavior is acceptable our guests may enter the YWCA between the hours of 8 pm and 9:30 pm. After a good night’s sleep our guests must leave in the morning by 7 a.m.

This is an unfunded service and relies on volunteers. Volunteers will act as hostesses by welcoming our guests as well as assisting in completing a brief intake and taking attendance. The volunteer will also escort the guests to the sleeping quarters and ensure that they have what they need to be comfortable for the night. By 11 p.m. the volunteer’s job is complete and she may leave.

A brief training will be provided. Please see the training schedule on the Winter Overnight Shelter poster. You may schedule training by contacting Dennise Hill  at 717-234-7931 x3099 or Dhill@ywcahbg.org.  You may sign up for the volunteer evening(s) of your choice by following the link provided in the poster.

Click here to view the poster.

Current Need: 

The YWCA’s CEEED program, in conjunction with SCORE, is seeking volunteers and mentors to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success. We ask that volunteers and mentors are open to facilitating conversations with potential business owners, coaching them through the ins and outs of business, sharing your success and expertise, and leading workshops and seminars.

Please contact Rosalyn Gatling at 717-724-4834 by Oct. 1.


Community Service

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is unable to accommodate supervision requrements involved with mandatory community service.  

For more information about volunteering with the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, please contact Tiffanie Keck at 717-724-2250 or tkeck@ywcahbg.org.


Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Volunteer Victim Advocate Training

Most volunteer opportunities in the YWCA's Violence Intervention and Prevention program require the completion of an intensive domestic violence & sexual assault volunteer victim advocate training. Click here to learn more.

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