How to Be a Better Philadelphian: Help Woman

Women’s Resource Center
To support women in five counties, this group serves as a referral service for career counseling, emotional support services, financial workshops and more.

DO: Assist with résumé editing.

GIVE: $45-$100 for membership (and to help the center offer free and low-cost programs). 610-687-6391,

Laurel House
A shelter for abused women and their children, Laurel House is set up to provide emergency assistance, as well as medical, legal and housing support.

DO: Help with the day-to-day operation (from answering phones to counseling residents).

GIVE: 60- to 90-minute phone cards. 610-277-1860,

Women Organized Against Rape
This organization helps those who have been victims of sexual assault, offering counseling and advocacy services and support such as accompanying a client to the hospital or court.

DO: Volunteer each month to answer the 24-hour hotline.

GIVE: $100 provides a group counseling session for five victims. 215-985-3315,

Women’s Opportunities Resource Center
This group aims to help low-income women (who make up 75 percent of their clientele) achieve financial independence.

DO: Be a mentor to a start-up business owner.

GIVE: $150 to cover one woman’s financial education course. 215-564-5500,

Women’s Center of Montgomery County
This center’s services, mostly possible thanks to volunteers and offered at several locations in the county, include a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, counseling, and legal and medical advocacy. It helps more than 4,000 victims of domestic violence each year.

DO: Volunteer to work the crisis hotline, though you’ll need many hours of training.

GIVE: $35 for membership. (They distribute more than $28,000 each year to help relocate women and their children.) 215-635-7344,

The Bucks County Women’s Fund
Their goal is to improve the quality of life of women and girls throughout the county. Recent grants include $4,000 to fund a New Moms in Recovery program at Aldie Counseling Center.

DO: Host an Endowa (a gathering of friends) to learn about the BCWF’s work.

GIVE: Money to help build the group’s endowment (currently at more than $100,000). 215-345-5440,

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