Storytellers Literacy Program Volunteers – 2021-22 School Year

YWCA CCC needs volunteers to help elementary school students develop  literacy skills and gain confidence in their abilities! Storytellers meets after-school weekly from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at participating elementary schools. Volunteers will interact directly with students to support and spark their lifelong love of reading. 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. Students will read stories about (and written by) people who look just like them because representation matters!

If you are interested, contact Brooke Loomis, Community Impact Coordinator, for more information at bloomis@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. In a typical year, Club Cosmic meets twice a month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at participating elementary schools. Currently, the club is held on Facebook Live from 6:30-7pm each Thursday. Girls will participate in fun, interactive activities and experiments relating to STEM subjects. Club Cosmic builds resilience, fosters creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and encourages experimentation to promote personal and academic success.

If you are interested, contact Brooke Loomis, Community Impact Coordinator, for more information at bloomis@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 717-243-3818 or email sruf@ywcacarlisle.org 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.orgConsidering 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.