Women's Resource Center

P.O. Box 975 Scranton, PA 18501-0975


Hours: Office: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Hotline - 24 hours per day - 346-4671 for crisis

Executive Director: Margaret Ruddy Volunteer Director: Linda Hair x239

DESCRIPTION: In 1976, a small group of determined and courageous women founded the Women’s Resource Center to address the social injustices women and children faced in our community – violence and oppression experienced at the hands of male intimate partners and male community members. With an abundance of determination, they worked to raise funds to aid victims through advocacy, education and social change. In 1982, staff and volunteers raised enough money to open a Safe House on the premises where victims and their children received emergency shelter. Through federal and state grants, and foundation funding, the Center remained stable and continued to provide services to those in need. Today, the Women’s Resource Center remains a dynamic force in our community, helping 52,087 women and children in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties rebuild their lives free of violence and fear since beginning operations. Of that number, 42,138 were adult and child victims of domestic violence and 9,949 victims of sexual abuse. Those reaching out for help come from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, education, ethnicities, and sexual orientation. Services are free and extended to everyone, including family members, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and men in same sex relationships. STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Center utilizes volunteers in a variety of capacities. Direct service volunteers work directly with people who have been victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, answering the Hotline, working in the shelter, accompanying through legal and medical systems, caring for children, or providing transportation. Education volunteers assist the education specialist in providing risk reduction programs to school, church and community groups. Also internships and practitioners. INTERN OPPORTUNITIES: Intern applications are accepted throughout the year for a fall semester start. Interns must complete above mentioned training and be prepared to spend a minimum of 16 weeks. Interns are assigned the same duties as staff and volunteers. All intern candidates must have practicum requirements supplies with application. TIME COMMITMENT: 4 hours per week for 1 year. Please note that volunteers who work directly with clients must complete a 60-hour training prior to volunteering. Please call us at 570-346-4460 in Lackawanna County and 570-278-1800 in Susquehanna County to begin. *Within walking distance from the University of Scranton.

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