Volunteer Opportunities at HAWC


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Houston Area Women’s Center! As an organization that was founded by volunteers, we at HAWC understand the vital role of volunteers in helping us to fulfil our mission to one day end domestic and sexual violence. Every year, dedicated community volunteers assist us with a myriad of activities and roles like:



The right volunteer role will depend on your comfort levels, skills, and availability. Working together, the Volunteer Department will assist in finding a meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity for you at HAWC.


Steps to Becoming a HAWC Volunteer


Getting started as a new HAWC volunteer is a step-by-step process to ensure that each volunteer is properly oriented, matched, and trained. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and pass a criminal background check. We offer Volunteer Orientations quarterly based on the available volunteer trainings offered throughout the year.



Special Requirements

Our procedures are in place to ensure a safe environment for our clients and staff, as well as our volunteers. Some volunteer positions have a distinct selection and training process, requiring you to attend follow-up staff interviews and complete required program training. For these trainings, volunteers must have been accepted as a volunteer by program staff and registered with the Volunteer Department.


Hotline Volunteers

Our Hotline volunteers assist with crisis intervention, arrange shelter, give referrals, schedule counseling appointments, and provide an empathetic ear to callers.


  • Commitment level: high
  • Shifts are only available Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Commit to at least 2-3 shifts per month for a minimum of one year
  • Volunteers must by interviewed and accepted by Hotline staff
  • Complete 54 hours of Crisis Intervention training
  • Complete 24 hours of Hotline Observation training


Child Care Volunteers

Child Care volunteers, under supervision of staff, provide services to children ages infant to 5 years old. The volunteer’s primary responsibility is to create a safe, nurturing environment for our clients’ and residents’ young children. Shifts are available at our Administrative Offices & Residential Shelter.


  • Commitment level: high
  • Shifts are available day, evening, and weekend
  • Commit to at least 2 shifts per month for a minimum of one year
  • Volunteers must by interviewed and accepted by Counseling staff
  • Complete 7 hours of Child Care training


Community Representative Volunteers

Our CRVs help raise awareness about HAWC’s mission, programs, and events by attending and/or speaking at community events throughout the greater Houston area.


  • Commitment level: medium
  • Shifts available as we receive inquiries from community partners
  • Commit to at least 2-3 shifts per month for a minimum of one year
  • Volunteers must by interviewed and accepted by Marketing & Communication staff
  • Complete 7 hours of CRV training


Residential Shelter Requests

We receive inquiries from community members who want to donate their services or time to our Residential Shelter, such as sponsoring holiday events, art activities, or providing haircuts and styling to the clients. All requests must go through the Volunteer Department. If you’re interested in providing a service, teaching a class, or sponsoring an event at the shelter, please complete our Residential Shelter Community Partner interest form. Requests are subject to approval by the Residential Shelter Director & staff. All volunteers must be over the age of 18 and pass a criminal background check.


Corporate & Group Volunteers

We welcome your association, company, or organization to volunteer in one of our annual special events or to coordinate a special one-day project that is unique to your group! To ensure proper approval and planning, please complete our Corporate & Group Volunteer interest form at least 1-2 months prior to your targeted date. Please keep in mind that while we do have occasional weekend opportunities, most of our projects are available Monday – Friday. All volunteers must be over the age of 18.



If you have questions about volunteering at HAWC, please contact the Volunteer Department at 713-528-6798, ext. 2298 or send us an email.


We thank you for your interest in assisting and helping survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community to move their lives forward!