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Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Storytellers Literacy Program Volunteers

YWCA Carlisle is seeking volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year for Storytellers, an after school program for elementary-aged students to develop their reading and writing skills through one-on-one support from reading tutors. Storytellers meets once a week from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at participating elementary schools. Through Storytellers, participants will receive a healthy snack and crucial support for academic success. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in our pet therapy program, and read to a certified therapy dog throughout the course of the program. Storytellers engages participants’ creative minds to allow them to soar! As part of our racial justice initiatives, YWCA Carlisle partners with community organizations to provide two books featuring diverse characters to each student throughout the course of the program.

If you are interested, contact Ashley Burkett, Community Impact Manager, for more information at aburkett@ywcacarlisle.org or at 717-243-3818.

Club Cosmic STEM Program Volunteers

YWCA Carlisle’s Club Cosmic is an after school program for elementary-aged girls designed to create opportunities and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) across Cumberland County. Club Cosmic meets twice a month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at participating elementary schools. Girls will participate in fun, interactive activities relating to STEM subjects, and will be given the opportunity to end the year with a field trip. Through STEM programming, Club Cosmic will build resilience, foster creativity, develop problem-solving skills, and encourage experimentation to promote personal and academic success.

If you are interested, contact Ashley Burkett, Community Impact Manager, for more information at aburkett@ywcacarlisle.org or at 717-243-3818.

SA/RCS Hotline Volunteers

Make a difference in our community and become a victim advocate! Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County offers a 40 hour training for members of the community to become rape crisis advocates. There are typically two trainings conducted each year.

The training will prepare you to counsel clients on the 24-hour crisis hotlines, and to accompany victims, provide emotional support and advocate for their rights throughout medical and legal proceedings. The training is free for participants who commit to fulfilling the minimum required volunteer term. PA criminal background, child abuse and FBI clearances are required. Please call 717-258-4324 for details on the next training session!

Board of Directors

Download the Board of Directors application form.

Download qualifications and expectations information.

The Board of Directors for YWCA Carlisle serves as a volunteer governance and fundraising arm of the organization. Board members reflect a variety of women leaders in the Greater Carlisle Community and share their time and talent at monthly meetings, serving on committees, attending agency programs and fundraisers and being Goodwill Ambassadors in the community to promote the mission work of YWCA. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Director’s please complete an application and forward to info@ywcacarlisle.org. Considering becoming a board member? Here are some things to consider…

Is this the right cause and organization for me? Before applying to join a Board, first ask yourself whether you are truly passionate about the type of work that the organization does and the people it serves. Approach this decision as if you were planning to make a major donation. As a Board member, you’ll be investing not only month but time and energy as well.

Is this the right time in my life to join a Board? In all of our lives there are time when things are going smoothly and we have the emotional and physical energy to invest in new activities. At other times, we may be overwhelmed with responsibilities. Consider your current circumstances, and ask yourself if this is a good time in your life to become involved with a Board. If not, would participating on a committee or volunteering better fit with your current goals and schedule?

What can, and will I, contribute to this Board? What skills, contacts, and perspectives do I have that will be useful to this organization? How, specifically, will the Board use what I can bring? Consider first what you bring to the table and then whether you are willing to give that to the organization. If you can’t find specific opportunities, your desire to contribute may well go unfulfilled.

What do I want to get out of being on this Board? Board members who plan for and ask for that they want in a Board experience will contribute more as well as gain more. If there are certain Board members you would like to connect with, take the time to get to know them and build relationships. If your goal is to meet new people, volunteer in any way that makes sense.

Last but not least, ask yourself: Do I believe in this organization enough to introduce my friends to it? Can I make a commitment to attending at least 75% of the meetings? Am I willing to give up two or more evenings a month? Am I willing to make a donation? Can I volunteer with Board members at other times than meeting dates? Would I feel comfortable having my name on their letterhead or in their brochure? The right time to ask these questions is before, not after, joining a Board.

Not ready to commit to joining a Board? Considering serving on one of the organization’s committees or volunteering at an event. The volunteer form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Committee Members

Advocacy Committee - meets fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The mission of the Advocacy Committee is to identify and promote the issues and policies of YWCA USA and the Greater Carlisle Area/Cumberland County focusing on its mission pillars or Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women and Girls.

Board Development/Governance Committee - meets fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The mission of the Board Development Committee is to enable the most effective Board of Directors possible for YWCA Carlisle. This will include recruiting, orienting, and training board members, as well as nominating officers.

Finance Committee - meets the first Thursday of each month at noon

Advises the board on all financial matters; presents the annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval; reviews and monitors monthly financial statements and annual audit reports. The Finance Committee works with the Fund Development Committee to assure the success of the annual fund development plan.

Fund Development Committee - meetings the third Tuesday of each month at noon

To meet the fund development goals set by the Board of Directors in its Annual budget.

Racial Justice Committee - meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The mission of the Racial and Social Justice Committee is to eliminate racism and other social issues in the community by creating opportunities for community members to participate in education programs and activities that directly promote anti-bias attitudes and behaviors.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

NOTE: PA criminal background, child abuse and FBI clearances are required for all positions that may have direct contact with children.


Volunteer Form


* may require extra training or screening