Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh began as a volunteer-run community organization nearly 50 years ago. Today, we still depend on volunteers to keep our emergency shelter clean and organized, deliver or make meals for residents, and bring joy to the children staying with us. Thank you for giving your time to WC&S.
Our opportunities vary depending on group size:
Note: due to COVID-19 and our agency’s status as a congregant care facility, all volunteers working inside the WC&S building must be fully vaccinated and remain masked while inside the building. Limited outdoor opportunities may be available depending on time of year. Children under the age of 16 are not able to volunteer at WC&S.
Women’s Center & Shelter offers different opportunities depending on the size of your group.
Women’s Center & Shelter often has big projects that need lots of volunteers to complete. To avoid any disruptions to residents who are staying in our emergency shelter, it’s important that we thoughtfully plan each opportunity for your group.
If you have a large group (12 or more people) who would like to volunteer at WC&S, we have opportunities that include:
- Gardening and landscaping
- Cleaning in the shelter’s community spaces
- Organizing in our storage closets
To discuss how your large group can make a difference at WC&S, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most volunteers who give their time to Women’s Center & Shelter come as part of a small group (3-11 people) cooking meals in our shelter kitchen, helping us beautify and maintain our building and outdoor spaces, or hosting parties for the shelter residents and their children.
Preparing a Meal
Making a meal for the shelter residents is the most popular opportunity we offer, as well as one of our biggest needs. Volunteers plan the menu, purchase the ingredients, and then work together in WC&S’ fully equipped industrial kitchen to prepare lunch or dinner for everyone in our emergency shelter.
Read our Meal Preparation Guide for answers to commonly asked questions and more information about planning a perfect meal.
Beautifying and Maintaining the Shelter
Often, WC&S’ shelter, storage and meeting spaces, and outdoor common areas are bustling with activity. With volunteers assisting our maintenance staff to keep our building beautiful and organized, we are able to offer survivors of domestic violence a safe and inviting place to stay. These are some of the most meaningful opportunities we have.
- Cleaning in the shelter, Children’s Advocacy Program, meeting rooms, and common areas
- Sorting donations
- Organizing supplies in our storage closets
- Weeding, sweeping, and cleaning in our outdoor spaces
Hosting a Party
It takes a lot of work to start over. The residents staying in WC&S’ shelter are busy every day making sure they can be confident in their safety when they leave. Volunteer-hosted parties give them a welcome break from the stress and struggle of beginning anew.
Parties can be planned for all residents or just the children. Some party ideas include:
- Arts and crafts nights
- Ice cream socials
- Board game nights
- Holiday parties
To learn more about volunteering at WC&S, please contact us at email@example.com.
Note: Individual volunteering slots at WC&S are currently filled. We will update this page when it is re-opened. Thank you for your understanding.
WC&S has a very limited number of opportunities for individual volunteers, typically during work hours Monday through Friday (we unfortunately do not have availability on weekends due to limited staffing). Individual volunteers do an array of jobs at Women’s Center & Shelter. Some individuals, called WC&S Helpers, take on special projects that are crucial to our operations.
Helpers are individuals who work directly with a member of our staff on projects around the building that may include:
- Organizing storage spaces
- Sorting donations
- Gardening or weeding
- Assembling mailings
- Cleaning in shelter common areas
Helpers are typically scheduled for shifts during business hours. Opportunities are limited by need. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.