We are proud to have both volunteers and language advocates supporting the survivors of violence in the shelter and beyond.

We are committed to providing the support necessary to empower women, transgender, and children survivors of domestic violence to rebuild their lives. Volunteers and Multilingual Access Model (MLAM) Language Advocates are vital to maintaining supportive services at the shelter. If you are passionate about helping a diverse group of survivors as they heal, please consider volunteering-we can't do it without you!

Due to our consensus-based, shared leadership work model, volunteers and language advocates can have a significant impact at AWS. We pride ourselves on being run by and for the community, and our volunteers bring healing, diversity, and hope to our work empowering survivors and eradicating violence.

At AWS, volunteers and language advocates have opportunities to engage in both direct and indirect service work. 

Applications for our Fall 2019 training are open! Please click here for your application.


All volunteers and language advocates must complete our 64+ hour training to become domestic violence counselors. Volunteer/language advocate training is eight weeks and is offered twice a year: once in the fall (usually October-November), and once in the spring (usually March-April). Volunteers complete 64 hours of training and language advocates complete 74 hours. AWS typically trains 30-50 volunteers/language advocates per year.

We seek volunteers who can:

  • Maintain the confidentiality of the shelter location and the residents of the shelter

  • Commit to our anti-oppression approach and mission of ending domestic violence and human trafficking

  • Attend a mandatory 64-hour Domestic Violence Counselor training

  • Attend an additional 16 hours of training to become a paid on-call Language Advocate/Interpreter

  • Make a minimum volunteer commitment of six months and work 3-5 hours per week

  • Be flexible, resourceful, and patient

  • Work with women, children and transgender survivors in crisis situations

  • Work both independently and on a team

  • Speak one or more language other than English (for language advocates)

We strongly encourage all women of color, queer women, and transgender individuals to apply.