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New Directions for Women appreciates all of our wonderful volunteers. It’s amazing how many different ways this community gives of their time, talent, and treasure – from reading stories to our children in the daycare, to preparing meals with our Chef in the kitchen, to sharing their own personal stories of recovery to women in treatment.

As our alumna Andrea shares, “One of my favorite memories at New Directions for Women was when the Executive Director Sue invited me to cook breakfast with her and some volunteers for all the ladies one weekend. It was the best day because I thought “Wow, if someone like her would make me a part of something so special, I must have something to give.” It helped me realize I have something to contribute, and we had a blast! I cooked for the women several times after, because it gave me a way to share my talents and be of service.”


  • Host a Circle of Life tour with your friends and family, to introduce your circle to New Directions for Women and learn more about ways to get involved.
  • Spending time with clients on activities such as nature walks or exercise, serving in a peer support function.
  • Serve on one of our volunteer committees, including Clinical Committee, Development Committee, or HR Committee. Reach out to us for a full list of opportunities. If you’re already serving on a committee, consider board membership!
  • If you are a woman participating in a 12 step program, consider serving as a sponsor to one of our women in early sobriety.
  • Event support is needed for our Circle of Life Breakfast, Open House, and other smaller events throughout the year. Contact us to be placed on our event volunteer list, using the contact form on our website.



  • Teach a skill to our clients, such as resume writing or knitting. Or, share your loving heart with the children in our daycare between 8am-4pm, or during our Thursday night alumnae meeting from 6-7pm!
  • If you are a clinician or training to be, consider volunteering or interning at NDFW for hours or direct service experience in the field of substance use disorder.
  • Graphic artists, photographers, tutors, and hairstylists are always needed.



  • In lieu of gifts for your birthday, anniversary, or other special event, ask your loved ones to make a gift to New Directions for Women Foundation in your honor.
  • Put together a “Welcome Basket” for a new client.
  • “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of communicate you want to live in.” – Anonymous

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