Stepping Stones Volunteer Opportunities

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
 

Upcoming Volunteer Training Schedule: Fall 2017
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 19 - October 12, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, September 23 and October 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.


Professional Training
Stepping Stones, YWCA’s sexual assault program, is offering 40 hours of training to help professionals better identify, understand, and support survivors of sexual assault. This training will help professionals do their job more effectively when encountering survivors of sexual assault.

Learn about rape culture and how it affects our society and the different systems within our community. Crisis intervention techniques will be taught, along with what rape trauma syndrome is, how to recognize it, the acute and long-term effects rape has on survivors and their families, and much more. Also learn how to connect survivors and their families to Stepping Stones services. This training is recommended for health care personnel, law enforcement, education, social services agencies, and anyone who may come in contact with survivors of sexual assault or their families.

If you would like to attend the training as a professional, please fill out an online application, or return a registration form (requires Adobe Acrobat reader) and submit to Gabe Cripe YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, IL 61704 or at the email address below
. If you would like more information or have questions, please call Gabe at (309) 662-0461, ext. 267 or email gcripe@ywcamclean.org.