Help Dining for Women…

Are you passionate, engaged and ready to lend a hand to our effort to give a hand up – not a hand out – to women and girls around the world? Yes? Great, let’s get started. Occasionally we have needs at the headquarters level for individuals to serve on committees or helping with areas like communications or the website. Here’s a list of our current volunteer needs. New positions are added regularly. When you find a position that fits your gifts and passions, click apply to fill out the volunteer application.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Dining for Women (DFW) Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s purpose is to define, encourage and support diversity and inclusion in DFW so people from all walks of life are welcome to participate and engage in DFW’s mission and outreach.

A greater diversity of races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, faiths/beliefs, politics, cultures, and languages among our members will strengthen our collective voices to create change.  As we increase our diversity we will also focus on inclusion to ensure that all are voices are empowered in Dining for Women.


Grant Selection Committee

Grant selection committee members are responsible for the evaluation of Dining For Women (DFW) grant proposals. This includes, but is not limited to, investigation of many aspects of the applying organization such as its stated mission and goals, success rates, finances and staff. They are also responsible for critically evaluating all components of the project or proposal to be funded by DFW using defined evaluation criteria and methods. This review and evaluation must be completed within the defined grant cycle timelines. Additionally, committee members have a responsibility to work to continuously improve the processes and practices of the committee.


• Attend in-person meeting, typically 2 – 3 days, during the grant cycle in Greenville, SC. DFW covers the major expenses of GSC member’s travel and lodging as per DFW reimbursement guidelines. This equates to two in-person meetings per year as the grant cycle occurs twice every calendar year. These meetings are generally held on the last weekend of February and the second weekend of August.
• Attend weekly WebEx/Teleconference meetings, usually on Wednesdays, during the grant cycle, as well as scheduled web-based orientations/trainings and other meetings as requested.
• Evaluate applications and associated documents; including the addition of all needed information as assigned on the various tracking spreadsheet tabs, while meeting all deadlines.
• Treat all grant applications, associated documents, emails, and discussions in meetings as strictly confidential.
• Provide Grants & Partnerships Director with feedback regarding applications, potential pitfalls of funding, and recommendations for funding.
• Attend ad-hoc WebEx/Teleconference meetings on committee business as needed outside of the grant cycle timeline.
• Provide support for committee recruiting efforts as well as mentoring support of new committee members.


• Excellent oral, written and organizational skills required.
• Strong autonomy and follow through ability is essential.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Must be able to function as part of a team.
• Must have high level of integrity and interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential information involving all grant applications.
• Work requires continual attention to detail.
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as policies, IRS Form 990, and budgets. Training is provided for all team members.


Expertise in one or more of the followings areas is desired: community and economic
development, finance, micro-finance lending, grant making, gender issues, women’s healthcare, international education and development, international family and community studies, nonprofit management, and/or a closely related field. International experience such as having lived or worked in a less developed country is a plus.

Proficiency in MS Word, and Excel is required. Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint desired

Applicants must complete this Grant Selection Committee application. Applicant must also submit a resume, a short (2 – 3 paragraphs) essay about why applicant wants to serve on the Grant Selection Committee and detailing applicants’ past/current roles for DFW, as well as 1 or 2 letters of recommendation. Please upload the attachments to the online application. GSC applications are only available online when there are vacancies on the GSC. Applications will be accepted online for the Grant Selection 2018 Recruiting beginning April 1st until May 15th 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Director of Grants & Partnerships, Veena Khandke at veena@diningforwomen.org


Regional Leader Committee

Regional Leaders play a key role in attracting, engaging, retaining and mobilizing Dining for Women members within their assigned region. They are responsible for the overall management of the region, including oversight of a team of volunteer leaders, the development and support of regional strategies to grow new chapters, retain existing chapters, and increase awareness of DFW and its mission.

Requirements for this position include strong interpersonal skills, effective written and verbal communication skills, public speaking experience, good organizational skills, and ability to manage a team of volunteers.

We are currently looking for Regional Leaders or Co-Leaders in the following regions:

  • Carolinas (NC, SC)
  • Florida
  • Heartland (IA, IL, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)
  • Texokana (KS, OK, TX)

For questions or further information, please contact Wendy Frattolin, Communications and Membership Director, at wendy@diningforwomen.org.

Click here to view the full Regional Leader job description.



Volunteer Mentors cultivate, nurture, and inspire DFW Chapter Leaders by helping to launch new chapters and motivating existing chapters to stay engaged and active. By developing and maintaining personal connections with Chapter Leaders, Mentors play an important role in ensuring chapter health and retention at the grassroots level of DFW.

This is a great opportunity for members who are passionate about DFW, want to work with and support Chapter Leaders, and enjoy mentoring or coaching. Although experience as a current or past Chapter Leader is preferred, it is not necessary. All training will be provided.

We are currently looking for Mentors across all DFW regions.

For questions or more information, please contact the volunteer Regional Leader in your region.  Click here for a list of Regional Leaders and regional email addresses.

Click here to view a full description of the Mentor roles and responsibilities.