Volunteers play a critical role in WIT’s services. From our early beginnings as a volunteer-driven feminist collective to now, WIT has always relied on people who have a passion for making a difference in their community.

If you are interested and available, we want to work with you and make sure that your time at WIT is a fulfilling one.

Please review our available volunteer positions and fill out the application below if you are interested in volunteering with us. We will follow up with you by email once we have received and reviewed your application and resume.

Requirements vary by position, but you may need: 45-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training, FBI Clearance, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and/or a Criminal Background Check.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer office assistant

We are actively seeking an Office Assistant Volunteer to regularly support WIT with various office support tasks during our business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.)

As the Office Assistant Volunteer, you will help us organize supplies, sort donations, act as a liaison with our technical support team, and help create data reports (proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required).  The Office Assistant Volunteer’s contributions will help enable our staff to further their efforts in supporting survivors of domestic violence and substance abuse.

LifeLine Telephone Counseling*

We are looking for volunteers to staff our LifeLine, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

LifeLine telephone counseling volunteers play a crucial role at WIT. As a LifeLine volunteer, you will provide supportive phone counseling to those who call to receive support, resources, advocacy, and information and education about domestic violence and substance abuse.

*Since this position involves working directly with clients, volunteers must first complete a 45-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training. WIT hosts trainings once in the spring and once in the fall during regular business hours. Contact WIT's Volunteer Coordinator at ccoleman@helpwomen.org for more information.  

Play Care

Play Care volunteers make it possible for clients to attend their counseling sessions and peer support groups. As a Play Care Volunteer, you will provide play care for children at WIT’s offices during business hours.


WAVE is looking for confident, caring and dedicated individuals to volunteer their time to teach our empowerment self-defense classes to individuals throughout the Philadelphia area.     

In order to be a WAVE instructor you must:

  • Be 18 or older

  • Have attended a WAVE class or workshop (or an equivalent self-defense workshop elsewhere)

  • Be able to commit to at least one class a month for 1 year

Selected participants will undergo a 6-9 hour Assistant Instructor training and evaluation process. New teachers start by assistant teaching in programs before becoming a lead teacher. 

Click here for the WAVE volunteer application form and to access a full position description. Feel free to contact us at wave@helpwomen.org for more information!  

WIT Volunteer Application Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with WIT! 

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“Interning at WIT set me on the path to incorporating feminism and empowerment approaches into my future interactions with clients as a social worker.
— Former Intern