Volunteer Opportunities

Stepping Stones volunteers are always needed. The 40-hour training covers all information needed to become a trained volunteer advocate.

Contact YWCA Stepping Stones at (309) 662-0461, or learn more about the upcoming training below.

The volunteer training covers types of sexual violence, rape trauma syndrome, crisis intervention techniques, listening/communication skills, medical and legal advocacy, psychology of sexual violence and information about community partners providing different levels of assistance to survivors.

Confidentiality is required.

After completing the 40-hour training, volunteers are qualified to help in many different Stepping Stones areas:

• Taking hotline calls

• Providing prevention education on anti-bullying, sexual violence, healthy relationships, privilege and oppressions, and more in McLean County to schools, businesses, or groups

• Provide support at public events

• Data entry and other office work

• Translating materials from English to Spanish and interpreting during counseling and advocacy sessions

Training is held at YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Rd. in Bloomington (lower level entrance).

If you are interested in becoming a Stepping Stones volunteer, you can apply online here. You can also fill out an application form (requires Adobe Acrobat reader) and submit to Gabe Cripe at YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, IL 61704 or at the email address below. You will be contacted to schedule an orientation/interview once the form is received. If you would like more information or have questions, please call Gabe Cripe at (309) 662-0461, ext. 267 or email gcripe@ywcamclean.org.