Who We Are:

About Us

Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

In addition to assisting victims, SWiC works to confront the societal issues that contribute to this problem. SWiC is motivated by the belief that all individuals are entitled to live free of the fear and pain caused by emotional and physical abuse.

While the agency provides services to all individuals regardless of gender, we acknowledge that women and children are most vulnerable to this problem.

SWiC’s professional staff and trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day. We provide for victims’ immediate safety and help with accessing medical attention and finding legal assistance.

Our shelter facility has become home to countless women and children seeking refuge from the dangers in their personal lives. In shelter, our staff will introduce residents to a broad range of available services which help them establish safe, independent living. SWiC staff also arrange for male clients in need of shelter to find a safe place to stay.

Our Vision

Schuylkill Women in Crisis envisions a community where every person lives free from abuse and the fear of violence.

Our Mission

The mission of Schuylkill Women in Crisis is to offer help, hope, and healing for those impacted by intimate partner violence or sexual abuse through crisis intervention, shelter, education, and advocacy for social change.

Our Values:

  • Safety – We believe that the physical, emotional, and psychological safety of all individuals is a basic human right.
  • Respect – We value the dignity of all individuals, appreciating our differences and cultural and ethnic diversity.
  • Empowerment – We support program participants in making their own life decisions. SWiC celebrates our team’s diverse talents in helping us fulfill our mission.
  • Justice – We strive to create a community where domestic violence and sexual assault are no longer tolerated, and where the principles of fairness and equality, including equal access to resources, are extended to all.
  • Social Change – We advocate for social change focusing on societal behaviors, values, or institutions that create oppression.
  • Integrity – We value integrity. SWiC encourages an organization that demonstrates the highest ethical standards; honesty and fairness. We expect our actions to be consistent with our words and our words to be consistent with our intentions.

How Can You Help?

Financial Contributions

Your generous financial donation will help us provide life-saving services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse fleeing abuse, including 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, and more. You can also contribute by phone during business hours at 570-622-3991 or mail (make check out to “SWiC” and mail to: SWiC, P.O. Box 96, Pottsville, PA 17901) or go to our website at www.s-wic.org.

Opportunities for special gifts and planned giving are also available to support SWiC's work now and into the future. Please contact SWiC’s President/CEO for more information at 570.622.3991 during business hours.

The official registration and financial information of Schuylkill Women in Crisis may be obtained at the PA Department of State by calling toll-free within PA 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Used Cell Phones

Donated phones can be used to call 911 during an emergency. These phones are given to shelter residents when they leave the building for work or errands, to clients whose abuser broke or took the victim’s cell phone, and to clients whose abuser has access to the victim’s phone records and usage. Please include the charger(s) with the phone(s). In addition, SWiC sends gently used phones to the Shelter Alliance Program which results in a monetary donation to the agency to help defray the cost of our operating expenses as we help victims.

Gently Used Items

SWiC accepts gently used clothing for women of all sizes and ages, for children of all sizes and genders, for men generally of a style for teens, as well as donations of new underwear and socks. We also accept gently used toys (no toys that look like weapons please). If you are interested in donating large items such as furniture, please contact SWiC’s Property Manager, 570.622.3991, to see if we can use, re-locate, or store that item at this time.

We are unable to pick up donations due to limited staff and transportation. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Other times may be arranged by calling SWiC at 570.622.3991. Please call before dropping off donations.

Volunteering

SWiC was founded in 1983 by community volunteers and has relied heavily on volunteers ever since. We are only able to offer the array of critical services that we do because of our dedicated volunteers. Have you ever thought about volunteering for SWiC? You can help Schuylkill Women in Crisis in many ways. Do you have a few hours a month to improve the lives of women and children in your community? Are you bilingual? Do you have a special talent to share? Cooking, Crafts, Yoga, Music - just to name a few...

Volunteers can help SWiC in two ways. As a direct or indirect volunteer. Please contact Tori at 570-622-3991 for more information or go to www.s-wic.org


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