Volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Hotline or in Your Community

Volunteer in Your Community

Local sexual assault service providers answer calls placed to the National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7, and offer critical support to survivors and their loved ones in their communities. These local providers are often looking for volunteer staff to perform a range of functions from administrative support, to communitiy organizing, to answering hotline calls. Search for opportunities in your area. 

Volunteer for the web-based Online Hotline

The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, operated by RAINN, provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support to the growing number of people who prefer communicating online through a simple instant message format—giving those affected by sexual assault a safe place to turn to talk about what happened. 

As a trained volunteer you can: 

  • Provide much-needed support to victims of sexual assault and their friends and family members
  • Work from the comfort of your own home
  • Work shifts can be as short as one hour
  • Interact with experts and connect with other volunteers who care about this issue


  • Fill out our application (in its entirety) form and choose a training class in Washington, DC or New York City.
  • Once accepted, complete an Online Hotline training course facilitated by RAINN (includes a combination of online and in-person training).
  • Complete a background check (conducted by RAINN at no cost to you).
  • Be on time for shifts that you schedule yourself using the Online Hotline website.

Next New York City Session: October 23-24, 2016. No longer accepting applications.

Next DC Session: January 28-29, 2017. Deadline for application: December 2, 2016.

Have questions about volunteering? Email coordinator@rainn.org, for answers.