Women's Organizations


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center

The Women's Center offers leadership programs, mentoring services, counseling and career support for community members, students, staff and faculty. Most programs are free and open to the public, and men and women are welcomed. Women's Center programs include free short-term counseling (no insurance involved), a resource library, ongoing support/discussion groups, a child care referral service (982-2251), the Free Legal Clinic, the Sexual Assault Education Office, HUES: A Mentoring Program for Women of Color, the Young Women Leaders Program, the Artists, Scholars and Leaders Series, and IRIS: A Journal about Women. Check the Web site or call to see if volunteers are needed. There are times when they aren't seeking volunteers.

The Corner Building, 14th and W. Main St.

Junior League of Charlottesville

A nonprofit organization of women trained for effective volunteer service in the community, focusing in the areas of women, children, the aging, and the environment.

Junior League of Charlottesville  | 2114 Angus Road, Suite 223

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

SARA works toward empowerment of sexual assault survivors to make decisions that will help them recover. The group offers a teen peer education program, public education programs, and a child assault prevention program. Works with Law School's Rape Crisis Advocacy Project. Volunteers undergo a 40-hour training program. Once the volunteer completes the training, he or she will work over the phone on crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Volunteers must sign a one-year contract and commit to work at least 15-20 hours a month on call. This work can be done at home.

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)  | (434) 295-7273  | 302 Hickman Rd.

Shelter for Help in Emergency

Offers shelter to the victims of domestic violence. Serves over 100 families per year and provides counseling for victims of abuse. Volunteers are vital to the shelter and its program. Volunteer programs include: answering the 24-hour hotline, assisting with the staffing of the emergency shelter, working in the children's program, fund raising, maintenance projects, and transportation. Volunteers must receive some training. Training programs are offered three times a year; individual training is offered on a needs basis.

Shelter for Help in Emergency  | (434) 293-6155 | Hotline: (434) 293-8509

Community Foundation Against Domestic Violence

All-volunteer, grass-roots support group, open to both men and women, that seeks to empower victims of domestic violence by helping rebuild self-esteem and confidence as they move on with their lives. In association with the community they provide long-term assistance, counseling and job-related support. Volunteers needed for tutoring and mentoring children of people in the support group. Possible legal aid opportunities.

(434) 293-2273 | P.O. Box 706, Charlottesville, VA 22902