Support Us

Your help will directly benefit women, men and children affected by domestic violence. There are so many ways to help:

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Your gift to Womanshelter/Compañeras will directly benefit women, men and children affected by domestic violence. More than $0.85 of every dollar supports shelter, counseling, advocacy and outreach – services that enable victims and their families to live safely. All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Giving is easy, simply download, print, and fill out the form below and mail it along with your donation to:

Karen B. Cavanaugh
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1099
Holyoke, MA 01041-1099

We can also accept donations via PayPal:

You will receive a written confirmation of your donation through the mail. Thank you for your support!

Physical Donations

We are always happy to accept donations of new, unwrapped clothing, toys, toiletries and household items.  Please feel free to contact us with questions on what is acceptable and needed.


We offer you the exciting challenge of making a difference to many as a Womanshelter/Compañeras volunteer. As a volunteer you develop and enhance skills in case management, advocacy, listening, fundraising and decision making.

Remember, we all win when we work together to end violence. If you would like more information please contact us.

Be Part of the Men’s Initiative

Inspiration for the Men’s Initiative at Womanshelter/Compañeras grew out of requests we received from men exploring ways to contribute time and energy to our organization as well as our belief that men must be involved in the movement to end domestic violence. Through a grant from the Haymarket People’s fund we are thrilled to begin the Men’s Initiative in the Fall of 2002.

Womanshelter/Compañeras advocates prevention through education and community organizing. As a result, the Men’s Initiative will concentrate primarily on educating men and boys in our communities about relationship violence. The Initiative will be effective because it provides an opportunity for men to engage other men through events, printed materials, and presentations. Participants will have creative control of the Initiative and will be able to identify and fill needs in the community. If you are interested in being part of the Men’s Initiative at Womanshelter/Compañeras please contact us for more information.