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Becoming a LifeWire Volunteer

We could not do the important work of eliminating domestic violence without our volunteers. Your energy and compassion make all the difference in the world to survivors of domestic violence and their families!

By becoming a LifeWire volunteer, you become an ambassador for the movement to end domestic violence. Take some time to read through our volunteer opportunities below to find out if volunteering with LifeWire is right for you.

Because of the nature of our work, we have specific requirements for our direct service volunteers, including a detailed application, interview, background check, and 20-hour training class. You do not need any specialized training to become a support volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Every year, hundreds of LifeWire volunteers bring energy and compassion to the work of ending domestic violence. From court accompaniments to event planning and toy drives to photography, there are many ways you can help survivors and build safer and healthier communities.

Direct Service Volunteers

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Our direct service volunteers work alongside staff and provide survivors of domestic violence and their families with valuable support, including legal advocacy, emotional support, and information about community resources. Most direct service volunteer opportunities are long-term and take place weekdays during business hours. Training is required, and you must be 18 or older to become a direct service volunteer. Applications for our Fall 2021 Training have closed.

Direct service opportunities:

  • Children’s Group Co-Facilitator: Work alongside LifeWire’s children’s advocate to support child survivors of domestic violence during evening children’s groups.
  • Legal Advocacy: Help survivors prepare legal paperwork so they can keep themselves and their children safe.
  • Court Accompaniments: Provide emotional support for survivors during court appointments and proceedings.

Support Volunteers

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Support volunteers do not work directly with survivors but immensely impact the work that we do. If you are interested in supporting LifeWire’s mission but cannot attend the training or are interested in volunteering in a different capacity, we have plenty of jobs for you! Whether you have time during the day, in the evening, or on weekends, we have one-time and routine volunteer opportunities. Volunteers under the age of 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may not be eligible for all opportunities.

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we have limited capacity for support volunteers.

Support volunteer opportunities:

  • Fundraising and event planning: LifeWire hosts two major fundraising events annually: our World of Hope Gala and Auction and our Hope Starts Here Breakfast. We rely on the support of our amazing community volunteers to make these events a success.
  • Professional help: Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to put to use? Let us know.

For more information about becoming a support volunteer, contact our Communications and Events Specialist, Wendi Lindquist, at wendil@lifewire.org.

Volunteer groups

There are many ways your group can work together to support survivors and their families. Help families rebuilding their lives by collecting school supplies, household goods, personal essentials, and holiday toys and gift cards. Volunteer teams are also welcome to help with special projects, including our Holiday of Hope Shop and our World of Hope Gala and Auction.

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we are not scheduling any on-site group volunteer projects. Groups who would like to help by holding a donation drive should check out our current needs.