Woman sitting and smilingVolunteer Opportunities

Direct Service Volunteers

We are now accepting applications and scheduling virtual interviews for prospective direct service volunteers. The application deadline is May 15, interviews must be scheduled before May 31. Training is scheduled to begin June 1, subject to CDC recommendations.

LifeWire’s direct service volunteers work directly with survivors of domestic violence and their families. Our comprehensive training program prepares volunteers to assist survivors of domestic violence in dealing with the traumatic impact of family violence. The 20-hour training session includes domestic violence education, crisis intervention skills, working with children who have witnessed domestic violence, navigating systems and much more. Learn more about the mandatory training requirements to become a domestic violence advocate.

Long-term volunteer opportunities, mostly weekdays during business hours. Training required. Must be 18 or older to become a direct service volunteer.

Direct service opportunities include:

  • Helpline Volunteer: We run a 24-Hour Helpline seven days a week, and we need your help! With your support we are better able to meet the immediate needs of survivors, their families and our community members. Helpline volunteers are needed during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
  • Children’s Group Co-Facilitator: We offer support groups for survivors (all genders) as well as their children a few evenings per week at various locations on the Eastside. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working directly with child survivors of domestic violence. Support groups are typically scheduled during the evening with a few exceptions.
  • Legal Advocacy: We support survivors as they navigate the legal system by providing them with both tactical and emotional support. We offer a range of services, including support in petitioning for a Domestic Violence Protection Orders and help in finding pro bono legal counsel.
  • Court Accompaniments: Provide emotional support for survivors during court appointments and proceedings.

To become a direct service volunteer:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application and the Washington State Patrol Request for History.
  2. Interview with Natalie, LifeWire’s Resources Manager. Interviews typically take place in the weeks leading up to the training sessions.
  3. Attend the mandatory Domestic Violence Advocacy Training, which occurs in the spring and fall on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. To register for the training, email Natalie.
  4. Pay the $225 training Fee. Please note: we will never turn someone away for financial hardship. Please let Natalie know if the fee is a barrier for you.

For more information on direct service volunteer opportunities, please contact our Resources Manager, Natalie Hills, at natalien@lifewire.org.

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 are unable to attend the training or are interested in volunteering in a different capacity, we have plenty of jobs for you! LifeWire has opportunities to help with administration, fundraising, tabling, and much more.

One-time and long-term volunteer opportunities, weekdays as well as some evenings and weekends. Support volunteers do not need to complete the 20-Hour Direct Service Training, but are welcome to attend. We will consider support volunteers under the age of 18 on a case by case basis.

Support volunteer opportunities include:

  • Eastside Baby Corner Pick-Up: Every Thursday morning at Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah.
  • Flexible administrative, clerical, outreach and in-kind projects.
  • 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 huge success each year.
  • Committee Work: Serve on LifeWire’s Finance, Communications, Breakfast, or Auction committee.

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

Group Volunteer Projects

We are always looking for groups to coordinate donation drives for items survivors and their families need as they rebuild their lives. From personal hygiene items to household goods and school supplies to holiday toys, your donations make a difference. Check out the list of our current needs. For more information, contact our Resources Manager, Natalie Hills at natalien@lifewire.org.