Women's Issues

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Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh at ewalsh@wulaw.wustl.edu for more information.

OWL Pension Benefits Project

The Pension Benefits Project was started with seed money from the U.S. Administration on Aging as one of six projects nationwide to help individuals who have pension problems. The Project provides individual counseling and assistance to older women (over 55), as well as men and younger women, with pension problems free of charge. This is a good opportunity to gain exposure to ERISA and federal bureaucracy.

  • Opportunities: Client intake and interviewing; legal research
  • Qualifications/Requirements:  interview, resume, references, interest in working with the community; 2 hours per week, times available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Community Service Opportunities

Almost Home, Inc.

Through transitional housing and education, Almost Home provides a secure environment to develop the emotional, social, economic, and family skills needed for self-sufficiency in teenage mothers and their children who are homeless or caught in unsatisfactory living conditions. One of the programs is M.O.M., a mentoring program that provides teen mothers with a positive female to look up to and someone whom they can count on.
  • Opportunities: Teaching a class 1 evening a week (4-6 week committment), working in playroom with newborns to 4 years olds; outdoor work such as plant/yard maintenance, shoveling snow and general yard work; clerical assistance (i.e., mailings & development)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: background and child abuse check and interview; time commitment of 1-1½ hours per week
  • Contact Information: Volunteer Coordinator, 3200 St. Vincent Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104, 771-4663, fax 865-4692

Missouri NARAL

NARAL's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

  • Opportunities: research, hands-on grassroots organizing (e.g., volunteer coordination, visibility/outreach events), political and educational campaigns (e.g. emergency contraception campaign)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: interview, training; 10 hours per business week during business hours (9:00-5:00)
  • Contact: Meg Ullman, 4144 Lindell Blvd., Suite 505, St. Louis MO 63108, 531-8616, fax 531-8615


V-Day is an international campaign to raise awareness of and call for an end to violence against women.  Last year, in addition to producing “The Vagina Monologues,” Washington University V-Day organized a benefit concert, offered a workshop on how to support survivors of sexual assault and presented an art extravaganza.

  • Opportunities:Producers, players, stage crew, artists, publicists, fundraisers and other volunteers concerned about violence against women.
  • Qualifications/Requirements:  Commitment to end domestic violence against women
  • Contact Information:  Jenny Szczucinski, 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1068, St. Louis 63130, washuvdayrules@hotmail.com.

Women's Center/Bridgeway Counseling

Provides shelter, counseling, court advocacy, children services, and support groups.

  • Opportunities: students would interact with women who are victims of domestic violen\
  • Qualifications/Requirements: interview, training, child abuse and criminal background check (takes approximate 3-4 months before can start to volunteer); call for more information
  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, P.O. Box 57, St. Charles, MO 63302, (636) 946-4780, fax (636) 946-6897, womenscentersc@yahoo.com

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