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How To Help


There are so many ways to get involved as a volunteer at the Rainbow Rose Center! Each volunteer adds value to our organization, and we greatly cherish each individual that dedicates time to help our cause. 

  • Become a Resource Specialist

    As a Resource Specialist you will connect directly with people who come to the Rainbow Rose Center looking for assistance. Providing information on affirming resources is only part of the job, despite the title. Lending a listening ear or providing non-medical advice on how to handle situations also are part of this position.

  • Join a Committee

    As a member of a committee you will directly influence the direction of the organization. Each committee has a chair from the board that helps guide committee members.

  • Moderate a Support Group

    Our volunteers moderate our programs, such as the monthly peer-based support group meetings.

  • Help with Events

    Whether one of our annual events or a responsive action undertaking, events take a lot of energy to plan, organize, and run. We need help with our events, so be you a seasoned event planning professional or a complete newcomer looking to learn, we’d love to have you involved!

  • Other Volunteer Opportunities
    • Engaging in discussions and advocacy with local organizations and leaders
    • Tracking, supporting, and suggesting legislation
    • Writing articles, editorials, and press releases for Newspapers
    • Many more!

All of our volunteers are asked to provide copies of two clearances - a (FBI) Criminal History Background Check and a  Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check. These are both free if you indicate when you apply that they are for Volunteer purposes. 

If you are interested in working with youth specifically, or to be a Resource Specialist, we ask that you also get fingerprinted for a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.

The Rainbow Rose Center functions through a series of active Committees. Each of these committees ensure that the Rainbow Rose Center can best serve the York County LGBTQIA+ community, and each is absolutely essential to our mission. We understand that not everyone will want to join a committee, however, every volunteer will fall under the category of one or more committees. The Rainbow Rose Center Committees include:

  • Community Engagement Committee

    Works to build direct connections between the Rainbow Rose Center and the LGBTQIA+ and wider community by participating in and tabling at community events and activities, engaging with the local school GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances or Gender/Sexual Orientation Alliances), etc.

  • Education Committee

    Responsible for communicating with the Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) throughout York County, supporting educational efforts of the Rainbow Rose Center, and helping organize the York County GSA Summit.

  • Events Committee

    Organizes and hosts the Rainbow Rose Center events, including the York County Pride, Coming Out Day Celebration, and Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil along with other similar events.

  • Fundraising Committee

    Raises funds for the Rainbow Rose Center through the solicitation of gifts and donations, finding sponsors for the events and for the organization as a whole.

  • Marketing & Communications Committee

    Responsible for all marketing and publicity for the Rainbow Rose Center and coordinates marketing activities, press releases, social media, and website maintenance.

  • Programs Committee

    Develops and moderates support programs that promote the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community that the Rainbow Rose Center serves.

  • Resources Committee

    Finds and vets resources that benefit the LGBTQIA+ community, including health providers, housing and food services, employment opportunities, etc.

  • Volunteer Committee

    Interviews and onboards volunteers and then coordinates the efforts of volunteers who serve as Resource Specialists for the Rainbow Rose Center as well as working tabling and major events.

Have a question you want to ask prior to filling out the form?

Contact our Volunteer Committee Chair and Coordinator by emailing