Women’s Issues and Empowerment

Women’s Services, Inc

Provides counseling, shelter, education and outreach, and advocacy around issues of domestic violence and women’s empowerment.


Volunteers at Women’s Services serve as advocates for men, womenwomens services, and children of domestic violence, sexual violence, and homelessness. After completing a 60 hour training in the fall, volunteers often participate as hotline assistants or childcare advocates. However there are other specialized volunteer opportunities such as legal & housing advocacy, education outreach, garden assistants, or co-group counseling coordinators. Hotline assistants answer business calls, 24-hour emergency hotline calls, and tend to the needs of shelter guests. Childcare coordinators watch and participate in youth programming for children while their guardian is in counseling. Volunteers at Women’s Services are very respected for the work they do and have many opportunities to create their own programming at the shelter. If interested in becoming a new volunteer, contact Women’s Services Inc. to see when their next training sessions are available.

Bethesda Children’s Home

Bethesda Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services is a Christian ministry that provides superior Behavioral Health Services to children, youth, and families. Bethesda’s vision is to fulfill the social, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral health needs of children, families and individuals by providing an effective and efficient continuum of care in a quality focused
environment.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Provides programming for young girls in the Meadville area, targeted at expanding access to Girl Scout programming to underserved girls and helping those girls develop leadership and skill capacities.

Center for Family Services

Provides programs and support for families and single mothers in need through family classes, counseling, and  parenting advice.