To Benefit Women
If you have an hour or two: Help a woman living in a crisis shelter. You can drive someone to a job interview or buy housewares for a woman moving from the shelter into her own apartment. At this time of year, these facilities are in need of gifts for the women and their children. Contact your local YWCA to find a shelter near you.
If you have one day a month: Volunteer to be a personal shopper for Dress for Success. Working at one of the various stores where the group houses its donated clothes, you'll spend the day helping disadvantaged women shop for a free work outfit. Log on to www.dressforsuccess.org to find a chapter near you.
If you have one day a week: Be a phone counselor for a rape crisis line. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network's 24-hour hotline, run mostly by volunteers, receives more calls during the holidays than at any other time of year. Call 800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org.