Volunteering at William Way
A core base of over 250 active volunteers enables the small staff to plan and facilitate programs and services. The Center offers many ways to volunteer, so there's truly something for everyone. Whatever volunteer opportunity you choose, volunteering is a great way to give back to our community, meet new people, get involved, and have fun.
Get started as a volunteer by attending a New Volunteer Orientation, the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm at William Way LGBT Center. The orientation explains more about the Center, gives you an in-depth overview of all volunteer opportunities, and registers you to volunteer with the programs that interest you most.
Volunteer Program and Services Opportunities
We greatly appreciate your interest in becoming more involved. Below are some of our most frequent volunteer opportunities. Generally, you sign up for a weekly shift. Most require some training and a longer commitment of several months to a year.
Help make the Center a friendly place by answering phones, greeting visitors, and providing information referrals. This position is a great way to meet new people and get to know the resources in our community. The commitment involves 3 1/2 hours each week.
Help counsel callers and walk-in clients on issues ranging from coming out and self-acceptance to addiction and family issues. A great way to help people who just need someone to listen.
Library or other Literary Programs
We need volunteer librarians to help visitors at our LGBT community library, to shelve and catalog books, and to maintain the collection of more than 10,000 books. A great opportunity for people who love books, like to use their organizational skills, and work well with people. The Center also has a Queer Writers Collective and Book Club that are always looking for volunteers.
Volunteer archivists help sort through videos, periodicals, and other historical documents to create our Archives, a permanent record of the history of Philadelphia's LGBT community. This is a fun, social volunteer opportunity for anyone who has a love for the history of our community.
Art Gallery Committee
The Art Gallery Committee organizes monthly exhibitions of local LGBTQ art and history in the William Way lobby, which has 582 square feet of gallery standard wall space; an excellent volunteer opportunity for anyone with an eye for or a love of art.
Silver Foxes Programming Committee
This group of volunteers organizes regular programs and events for LGBT people over 50, including monthly socials and day trips.
We always need help with data entry, organizing mailings, copying, filing, developing marketing materials and more. There's no better way to get to know the Center.
If a weekly or monthly commitment sounds too intense for you, you may want to think about some of these other volunteer opportunities, which are more sporadic and require less commitment. Many of them are very social and involve working with large groups of volunteers, and others are more individually focused.
PhilaVentures Recreational Group
This group organizes regular outdoor trips such as hiking, city history tours, biking and other events. Some indoor activities are also planned. This is a great way to get outside, share in recreational fun and meet amazing people. This program has an auxiliary website at http://www.philaventures.org
Public Relations and Design
The Center has a number of publications that need volunteer support to draft articles, graphic design, and complete layout.
Every third Tuesday of the month is the "Velada," a night of dinner and socializing for volunteers, followed by a group work project, like a mass mailing or preparation of our newsletter. This is one of our most social volunteer opportunities.
Volunteering for special events is a great way to get involved on a short-term basis. The Center hosts many special events including: Express Dating, the Annual Indigo Ball, June Pride Festival and Parade, community collaborations, holiday potlucks and more. Help is needed with planning, set up, clean up, selling tickets, and other duties.
Give the Gift of Friendship this Season. Volunteer for Connecting Generations and reach out to an LGBT Senior. This program matches LGBT seniors with younger volunteers for social support and friendship. Make a positive, life-long change in your life and the life of an LGBT senior. To learn more please contact the Center at 215-732-2220.
Craft Your Own Volunteer Experience!
If you don't see what you're looking for here, then just ask! Many volunteers also help the Community Center in very specialized ways, like providing expertise on marketing, helping with fundraising, or designing publicity materials! And we're always looking for volunteers to take on leadership roles.