Volunteer with CWEALF!

Donating your time is a vital contribution to our organization. CWEALF has several volunteer opportunities throughout the year in a wide variety of special project including communications and marketing, staffing events, general office support, and on our Information and Referral (I&R) line.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the application instructions under the current volunteer opportunities below.

Who are our volunteers?

  • People who want to actively participate in supporting women, girls & their families
  • People who are non-judgmental and accepting
  • People who respect a diverse work environment

How much time would I be expected to volunteer?

That depends your availability and your interests. Volunteers are typically needed Monday-Friday during 9-5 business hours.

What type of work do volunteers do?

There are different ways you can help CWEALF make a difference! Examples include answering our Information & Referral (I&R), serving on a committee, or helping at events.

CWEALF volunteers should have strong communication, writing and computer skills. Volunteers are expected to demonstrate general work-related skills such as punctuality, responsibility, and thoroughness.

Volunteer Opportunities

Information and Referral Volunteers

Want to make a difference in the lives of people in your community? CWEALF seeks passionate volunteers to staff our Information and Referral (I&R) line. Our Information & Referral program is a unique service that works to guarantee equal access to justice for all Connecticut residents. Trained volunteers answer calls and emails to provide clients with free legal information on primarily family law and employment discrimination, as well as attorney and community agency referrals.

I&R volunteers receive in-depth training and are thus are asked to commit to at least six months of service.

Responsibilities include:

  • Answering telephone calls and email inquiries regarding legal matters
  • Collecting demographics and inputting data into our online software system


  • A minimum commitment of six months
  • Must be available for 2-4 shifts between Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (shifts are flexible), with a commitment to approximately 4-6 hours per week total.
  • Compassionate and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Spanish speakers a plus
Intern with CWEALF

Thank you for your interest with interning at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). CWEALF advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

CWEALF seeks passionate and committed interns to help us fulfill this mission, and on an as-needed basis provides opportunities to intern with us in the areas of:

  • Communications
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Legal Education
  • Public Policy & Advocacy

Please check back regularly for posted internship opportunities!

Internship Openings

The 2021-2022 Legal Education Internship position is now closed.

There are no other internship openings available at this time. Please check back!


Currently we have no open positions available.

You can change a Woman's Life

Want to be a part of a unique program that increases women’s access to justice and is flexible to your practice?

CWEALF’s Legal Education Program serves 1,200 clients a year and provides free legal information, legal advocacy, and attorney and community agency referrals. The majority of our clients are low-income women navigating Connecticut’s civil courts on matters related to divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence, employment discrimination, immigration, housing, education, consumer issues, and LGBTQ related issues. CWEALF’s role within the community would not be possible without the dedication and efforts of the 100+ attorneys in CWEALF’s Cooperating Attorney Network (CWEALF CAN).

Attorneys can help narrow the justice gap in critical ways:

  • Serve as a Referral Attorney by accepting calls screened and referred by CWEALF’s I&R line and legal advocacy program
  • Provide your legal expertise
  • Lead presentations and workshops on legal rights
  • Train Legal Education staff and volunteers on specific topics
  • Assist in reviewing CWEALF’s educational materials
  • Participate on CWEALF Board of Directors
  • Write amicus briefs
  • Participate in CWEALF events

All CAN referral attorneys offer CWEALF clients a minimum free 15-30 minute initial consultation, but some also offer sliding scale fees, payment plans, limited-scope representation, and/or pro bono services.

Our program is flexible and our staff will work with you to ensure your experience is positive by identifying your interests according to practice specialties and geographic locations, the number of cases you would like referred to you, and any other preferences.

Hear how a cooperating attorney helped a woman in need.

Are you an attorney?

Download and complete the Cooperating Attorney Form. Once you download the form, the button to submit via email will work. You can also return it to Denise Rhone via fax or mail.

Email: drhone@cwealf.org

Mail: 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-300, Hartford, CT 06106

Questions? contact Denise Rhone at drhone@cwealf.org

Nilda's Closet

A Component of  CWEALF’s Legal Education Program

Many of the clients who come to CWEALF are some of the most vulnerable people in Connecticut: mothers earning less than $25,000 a year. They are already facing an economic battle to provide for their families and their legal issues tend to add to that struggle.

Thanks to the support of community members like you, “Nilda’s Closet” (affectionately named after CWEALF’s Bilingual Community Advocate, Nilda Rivera), is filled with books, winter gloves, toiletries, gift cards for groceries—basic essentials to help families through financial distress.

Support women and families by helping CWEALF fill “Nilda’s Closet”.

Ways in which you can fill Nilda’s Closet:

For questions and more information, please contact Denise Rhone, CWEALF’s Legal Education Manager at 860.247.6090 or drhone@cwealf.org.

Ways to Give


Be a champion for Connecticut’s women and girls! Without you we can’t fight for women’s economic security, access to legal justice, and to elevate the voices of women and girls in our state. Give today, give monthly, or give in honor of someone you love.

Shirley Bysiewicz Legacy Society

Shirley Bysiewicz, tenured Professor and longtime law librarian at the University of Connecticut School of Law, was one of CWEALF’s founders and the first President of CWEALF. By joining the Legacy Society, bearing her name, friends of CWEALF will help ensure that Shirley’s goal of advancing the rights of women will continue into the future.

Membership to the Legacy Society is open to those who have included CWEALF in their wills and other estate planning. Please contact Development and Communications Manager Meg Dubois at mdubois@cwealf.org or 860-610-6046 if you have made provisions for CWEALF in your will, or if you would like more information about how to make a bequest.