WOMEN'S INTEREST SERVICE TRACK
Work alongside non-profits that advocate for women’s equality and advancement; also serve vulnerable populations of women and families transitioning out of abusive or difficult situations.
Women's and Gender Studies, minor
IDST 255 - Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies
ENGL 320W - Studies in Women and
HIST 304 - U.S. Women’s History
HIST 305 - History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States
PHIL 315 - Philosophy of Gender
PHIL 319 - Philosophy of Love and Sexuality
CNU ENGAGE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
Contact: Lauren Brennan, Community Engagement Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (757) 599-9848
Location: 718 J Clyde Morris Blvd. Suites A & B, Newport News, VA 23601
Organization Description: The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to assisting victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking in the Hampton Roads area. We provide FREE crisis services to victims of sexual assault (both children and adults), their family members, friends, dating partners, and anyone else seeking services, related to overcoming sexual violence.
The Center plays an active role in the reduction and elimination of sexual violence in our community by providing ongoing community training and awareness events, training and technical assistance to law enforcement, healthcare providers, social workers, school personnel, and other allied professionals.
Volunteer Needs: Advocacy, Administrative, Fundraising, Special Events, Interns, Graphic Design, Web Design, Community Education, Outreach & Awareness
Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible, Center is open 24/7
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Volunteers must be 18-years of age or older, pass a background check, and complete 38 hours of training.
Fear 2 Freedom
Contact: Abby Grimes, Logistics & Community Engagement Director
Phone: 888-453-3059 ext.3
Location: PO Box 6104, Newport News, VA 23606
Organization Description: Founded in 2011, Fear 2 Freedom's mission is to help restore hope and dignity to survivors of sexual assault while empowering students and communities to combat sexual violence. The number 2 in our name represents the fact that nearly every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
Volunteer Needs: As part of our work, we host educational programs at college campuses and make Fear 2 Freedom Aftercare Kits for survivors when they go to a hospital, shelter, or community partner. Volunteers assist us in preparing these supplies for our kits by rolling clothing, putting backpacks on Freedom Bears, and creating toiletry kits. Other tasks include assisting with inventory, general admin/data entry, and packing for events.
Volunteer Hours/Days: Volunteer hours are typically on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm. Volunteers choose their availability via SignUp Genius links that are sent to our volunteer email list.
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Pre-requisites to volunteering include an in-person orientation (several hosted at beginning of each semester) and a digital inventory training.
Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
Contact: Jacqueline Brooks, Council Partnerships & Event Manager
Location: 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Girl Scouts is an organization dedicated solely to girls, where girls experience fun and friendship while building skills and developing values that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Need: Work with troops, help with events, campouts, and special projects. Ongoing positions are available as well as “one-time” and short-term positions. Office help is always needed.
Available Volunteer Positions:
1.) Volunteer for a six week series working directly with girls in schools located on the Peninsula.
2.) Volunteer to help with council wide events. These events are held within out Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast area. These events include, running activities, setting up and working with girls of all ages.
3.) Volunteers can join Campus Girl Scouts - a group that is currently in existence on your campus. This group volunteers in many ways. They work directly with girls facilitating college tours, badge days and or sleepovers.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Various including weekends
Girls Incorporated of the Greater Peninsula
Contact: Traci Graves, Site Director
Location: 1300 Thomas Street, Suite C, Hampton, VA
Organization Description: Girls Incorporated is part of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Girls Inc develops and implements research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation. Girls Inc is more than a safe haven for girls between the hours of 2pm - 6pm, but it is also a place where girls 5 to 18 participate in enrichment programs that enhance their critical thinking skills so that they will make positive decisions in life.
Girls Inc is also in partnership with VA Boys Leadership Alliance which provides many of the same services, yet serves boys ages 5-14.
Volunteer Needs: When volunteers come into Girls Inc we like for them to picture the world through the eyes of a Girls Inc. girl. She belongs to a community that empowers her to pursue the biggest dreams she can dream. She is uplifted by the strength of an organization that is committed to inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. Volunteers are asked to be a part of inspiring girls that will be women of tomorrow! This means that they will take on any roles to assist the staff at Girls Inc in developing youth and working with families which includes planning activities, tutoring, co-facilitating groups, recruitment, marketing and assist in raising funds for the organization.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm; Some saturday opportunities
Here for the Girls, Inc.
Contact: Vicki Vawter, Program and Community Events Manager
Location: 1309 Jamestown Road, #204, Williamsburg, VA
Organization Description: A non-profit improving the lives of women affected by breast cancer through Beyond Boobs! and Pink Link.
Volunteer Needs: April golf tournament, October 5k/10ks, and small projects throughout the year
Volunteer Site: Location specific to event
Volunteer Days/Hours: Varies
Junior League of Hampton Roads
Contact: Catherine Westphal, President
Location: 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 4-D Newport News, VA 233606
Organization Description: The Junior League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Volunteer Needs: The Junior League of Hampton Roads provides its members a number of volunteer opportunities to impact the lives of women and children in our community. Members volunteer for shifts in support of our community projects. Additionally, monthly "calls-to-service" allow members to support our community projects through food drives, collection of board books, school supplies, and stuffed animals.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible based on our projects
Menchville House Ministries, Inc.
Contact: Sylvia Jones, Executive Director
Location: 13658 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Menchville House is a forty-six bed emergency housing facility for homeless families, located in the Denbigh area of Newport News on Warwick Blvd. The agency works with other homeless service providers and social service agencies that offer families the services and support needed to return to self-sufficiency.
Volunteer Needs: Assist children 0-5 years old with reading readiness activities and childcare and mentor or tutor school-aged youth, and/or provide office support.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Children’s Program: M-F 6:30 am – 10:00 pm and weekends. Office volunteers: M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact: Karen Brown, Executive Director
Location: 124 Godwin Neck Blvd., Yorktown, VA
Organization Description: NATASHA House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) transitional home the provides housing and supportive services for homeless women with children that empowers and equips them to achieve self-sufficiency. Women can live at NATASHA House from 6 mos to 2 yrs.
Volunteer Needs: Housing Assistant: Primary function is to assist with the daily operations, activities, and security associated with the operations of NATASHA House. Must have the ability to work with residents, address complaints, resolve problems, and mediate as it relates to the management of the house and the security of the residents.
Administrative Assistants: Provides clerical/administrative support for the NATASHA House staff. Assist with the essential office work to maintain and fulfill NATASHA House’s mission, goals, and objectives.
Marketing Assistants: Assist staff in performing duties related to the publicity, awareness, and community support/appreciation. enerate press releases and publications for upcoming exhibits, events, fundraising, performances, and programs. Design and implement speaker’s bureau.
Professional Assistants:Provides clerical/administrative support for the NATASHA House Assist staff in performing duties based on the needs of the NH Residents. Assist the Director, Case Manager, and Children’s Coordinator with serving and meeting the needs of the NH residents, staff, and volunteers as outlined in NH Handbooks, B.R.A.V.V.O. Life Plans, and other mandated guidelines.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm & Weekends
Transitions (Family Violence Services)
Contact: Gala Harvell, Program Director
Address: P.O. Box 561, Hampton, VA
Organization Description: Transitions Family Violence Services is a nonprofit 501 (c ) 3 organization founded in 1977. We are the sole provider of comprehensive family violence services in Hampton, Newport News, and Poquoson, and a co-provider of services in York County.
Transitions’ implements a host of services including a 24-hour hotline; emergency, short-term, and transitional shelter; support groups; safety planning and legal advocacy; information and referral; art and play therapy; and outreach to underserved populations. Transitions’ services are available at no charge.
Transitions engages in a host of collaborations with allied community agencies to expand available services to survivors and their families, including partnerships with local Human Services departments; Commonwealth Attorneys and Victim Witness Offices; the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board; the Center for Child and Family Services; Alternatives; the Office of Human Affairs; local schools and universities; and a host of other organizations. Transitions’ is also actively involved with the prevention of future violence by working to promote healthy relationship education among youth in schools.
Volunteer Needs: 1) Children's Advocate Volunteer; 2) Community Engagement Volunteer; 3) Domestic Violence Hotline Worker
* Please visit our volunteer page for volunteer position responsibilities and available shifts
Volunteer Site: Varies by position
Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible; 4-6 hours a week
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Criminal Background and Child Protective Services Check required; Mandatory training for some positions; We ask that students commit to our volunteer program for 6 months.
YWCA Virginia Peninsula
Contact: Linda Brown, Interim Executive Director
Location: 2702 Orcutt Avenue, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: The YWCA provides programs to empower women and youth in the community.
Volunteer Needs: Areas of opportunities include: Advocacy (Advocate for optimal well-being of women, individuals and community); Programs (Develop, implement and monitor ongoing programs); Facilities (Oversee improvements and maintenance of Phillis Wheatley Building); Finance (Assist with development of annual budget; monitor execution of budget); Fund Development (Identify funding, lead and coordinate fundraising events); Marketing & Publicity (Assist with development of publicity and recognition events) ;and Membership (Work to increase membership and tend to needs of local membership).
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm