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.

Support Volunteers

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.

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.

Due to COVID-19, we have limited capacity for support volunteers. For more information about becoming a support volunteer, contact our Communications and Events Specialist, Wendi Lindquist, at wendil@lifewire.org.

Five LifeWire Auction volunteers standing together

Volunteers make LifeWire’s World of Hope Gala and Auction a success by helping at every stage, from planning to registration.

Direct service volunteers

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.

We are not currently accepting applications for prospective direct service volunteers. Please check back in early 2021 for updates.

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.
  • Community resource researcher: Help connect survivors with the specific help they need by researching and compiling relevant, local resources.
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Volunteers play an important role in helping survivors navigate complex systems and access the resources they need to rebuild their lives.

Becoming a direct service volunteer:

We have no volunteer openings at this time. We will begin onboarding new volunteers in Spring 2021. Check back for details. Future applicants will be asked to:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application and the Washington State Patrol Request for History.
  2. Interview with Natalie, LifeWire’s Resources Manager. During COVID-19 interviews will be held virtually.
  3. Register and pay for the series. Please note: we will never turn someone away for financial hardship. Please let Natalie know if the fee is a barrier for you.
  4. Attend the mandatory Domestic Violence Advocacy Training.

WG Clark employees put together Thanksgiving bags for LifeWire survivors.


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. Check out the list of current needs.

Volunteer teams are also welcome to help with special projects, including our Holiday of Hope Shop and our World of Hope Gala and Auction.

For more information on donation drives and other group volunteer projects, contact our Resources Coordinator, Jennifer Dela Cruz at jenniferanneld@lifewire.org.