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Volunteer with SFWAR

Upcoming Volunteer Training dates:
March 3 – April 19, 2016
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9pm
& Saturdays 9:30am- 5:30pm

Applications Due: February 5, 2016

Summer Training:
*July – August 2016

Fall Training:
*October – November 2016
*Exact start and end dates to be confirmed.

*SFWAR’s understanding of “woman/women” is based on self-identification. SFWAR supports and prioritizes the leadership of transgender, gender variant, intersex and gender non-conforming people.

D O W N L O A D   A P P L I C A T I O N

Volunteers are an integral part of the organization and the backbone to many of our services. San Francisco Women Against Rape has an average of 90 active volunteers at any given time. Trainings for volunteers, including rape crisis counseling certification, run approximately 3 times a year.
SFWAR Rape Crisis Counselor trainings last approximately 8 weeks, on Tuesday & Thursday evenings 5:30-9pm and Saturdays 9:30am-5:30pm. We have an application and interview screening process for all prospective volunteers. Please fill out a Volunteer Application if you are interested. We accept applications year round.

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SFWAR seeks compassionate people committed to:

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San Francisco Women Against Rape trains volunteers to be CA Certified Rape Crisis Counselors three times a year. The training lasts for approximately 8 weeks, on two weekday evenings 5:30-9pm and Saturdays 9:30am-5:30pm. We accept applications year round.

Bilingual, bicultural speakers of languages other than English are needed to provide Multi Lingual Access* to survivors.

Women** of color who are trans or queer, Young women who are 20 years old or younger, Latina women who are immigrants, women who are elders, women who live in an SRO/who are marginally housed, and women who have been in jail or prison are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are under 18, we will need guardian/parental consent for your application.

For additional information please contact the Director of Hotline and Volunteers at 415-861-2024 extension 312.

*A $100 Stipend paid upon completion of MLAM training. Additional $50 stipend is paid upon providing your first MLAM accompaniment or in-person counseling session. $18-20/hr is paid for services provided in languages other than English.

** SFWAR's understanding of the construct "woman/women" extends beyond a biological one. This means that SFWAR also supports and prioritizes the leadership of transgender, gender variant, intersex and gender non-conforming people.

Counseling Program

Community Initiatives


Administrative Work

Our volunteers constantly tell us that they grow enormously, both personally and politically,from the volunteer training and find the work to be tremendously important and rewarding.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application below.


Experience with and/or ability to: work well independently and within a team; complete basic office administrative tasks; be flexible; communicate well; learn and support others in developing a radical political analysis as the foundation for anti-violence, anti-oppression, social justice work; participate in on-going personal, interpersonal and institutional anti-oppression work.

Application Process:

Applicants are asked to submit an application and participate in an interview. Please download and complete a volunteer application and mail it to: SFWAR, 3543 - 18th Street, #7, San Francisco, CA, 94110, or fax it to: 415-861-2092.

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