Working to end violence


The support provided by our dedicated volunteers enables the Women’s Center to reach an average of 30,000 people each year.

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
~Margaret Mead

Direct Service

Each year direct service volunteers provide over 20,000 hours of client support. Upon completion of certification (at our office), and supported by ongoing training, our direct service volunteers serve as hotline counselors, advocates, support group facilitators, and shelter advocates. Qualified candidates providing direct service must be 18 years or older and have strong interpersonal skills and must be certified.



  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Sexual Assault Hotline Counselor
  • Hospital Response
  • Children Enrichment programs
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Shelter Advocate
  • Support Group Facilitator
  • Child Care
  • Clerical Support (Filing, Copying, Organizing, etc.)

Non-Direct Service

Non-direct service volunteers help with our Annual 4K SafeWalk, Annual Breakfast and Gala, holiday programs, and many other project-specific events. Our Board of Director volunteers provide countless hours of service via committee work, fundraising activities, and ensuring the ongoing fulfillment of the Center’s mission. Members of our Advisory Council provide us with invaluable expertise and program feedback throughout the year. The staff is indebted to our volunteer force and welcomes you to become a part of this worthwhile organization. Together we can make a difference and work to end the violence.



  • Board of Directors
  • Fundraising Events
  • Holiday Program Support
  • Community Projects
  • Tabling Events
  • Committee Support
  • Awareness Months
  • Outreach
  • Specialized Outreach

How to Become a Volunteer



Call 203.731.5200, x 240 to schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.


All direct service positions require certification training. This training (in both sexual assault and domestic violence) is held two or three times a year. Additional specialized trainings are required for positions such as in-house counselors and support group facilitators.


Volunteer jobs can be performed on-site; or, for non-business hour hotline and some non-direct positions, from your home. Although we have expanded evening and weekend hours for counseling, most non-direct volunteering is done during business hours on Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM.



The Women’s Center’s Service Above Self Award was established to recognize individuals who demonstrate dedication and commitment to our mission and the services we provide throughout our 13-town region. It is, as the name of the award connotes, someone who puts service above themselves.

This year’s recipient, Peggy Gisonny, received our Service Above Self Award due to her ongoing commitment to the mission of the Women’s Center. Peggy was a Direct Service Volunteer at the Women’s Center for the past 10 years. She worked onsite answering the hotlines and counseling those in need of assistance. Peggy, along with her husband and two children, moved to New Fairfield, CT from Long Island in 1995. While living on Long Island, she worked as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical unit, eventually leaving employment to be a full-time mom. She was also a long-time volunteer with the Community Service Club of New Fairfield, and currently volunteers with Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a Puppy Socializer.

When she became an ’empty nester’, Peggy was looking for a new challenging volunteer opportunity that would help make a difference in the lives of women. She found that role at the Women’s Center. While her work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault was emotionally difficult at times, it also proved to be very rewarding. She particularly enjoyed working with and learning from the staff. She is in awe of the dedication and sacrifices made by all who work and volunteer at the Women’s Center, and is very thankful that she had the opportunity to be a part of such an important organization. Peggy looks forward to more world travels with her husband and plans to continue supporting the Women’s Center.

Congratulations, Peggy!