YWCA Cass Clay - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers make an enormous impact and are a vital part of our organization and its supportive programming. By generously contributing time and energy, volunteers fuel our mission and make our work possible.  In addition to helping with a variety of needs and projects at the Shelter and in the community, volunteers also serve in leadership positions on our board of directors and multiple standing committees. 


  • Prepare dinner for families at the Shelter
  • Yard work
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Fun games or activity for kids
  • Plan a special activity for women (Ex: Spa Day)
  • Deep cleaning
    To download the YWCA volunteer form,  click here. Please fill out the application at least 2 weeks before planned volunteer date.

         The application gives us details of how your team would like to help support women and children escaping crisis. During the weekly business hours of
         8-5PM we can have teams of volunteers only up to 25; afterhours/weekends no more than 15.


  • Food Box Assistant
    Food Box Assistants help organize and distribute food boxes to families in need. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our Homeless Prevention Initiatives and interact with the families we serve 

  • Study Buddies Mentor
    Study Buddies Mentors help children staying with us complete homework assignments and
    assist with leading educational and fitness activities for groups of school age children. 

  • Supportive Housing Mover
    Supportive Housing Movers assist families with the transition from the Shelter into supportive housing by helping ensure that each unit is properly furnished. 

  • Education & Employment Class Instructor 
    Education & Employment Class Teachers help women gain confidence by establishing a foundation for job readiness and career growth through a variety of classes from resume building and interview preparation to self-esteem and stress management. 

  • Donation Sorter and Organizer
    Donation Sorters assist with organizing donations dropped off at the Shelter.  In-kind donations from our community ensure we provide essential items to the families we serve. 

  • Child Care Assistant
    Child Care Assistants work with infants, toddlers and young children in our care at the shelter on daily activities with YWCA Child Care staff. 

  • Special Event Volunteer
    Event Volunteers can sign up for shifts including: set-up, serving, greeting, ticket sales, decorating, clean-up, etc. for many of our community events throughout the year. Events include, but are not limited to, YWCA Women of the Year and Chocolate Fantasy & Chili, too!

        Orientation and training is required for all individual volunteer positions. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks to complete orientation and receive proper         training. Please email Shannon to set up an orientation time. 

        To download the YWCA volunteer form,  click here. Please email your application or turn it in at your scheduled orientation time.

    Youth volunteers

    To protect the women and children we serve, we have important confidentiality standards. This includes: no photography, not repeating any names of residents or events that might identify them, as well as not having anyone under the age of 18 directly working with residents. This ensures the highest security by preventing a minor from being seen by peers. 

    Although engaging youth in volunteerism with us is very important. We ask them to volunteer with someone over the age of 18 and we will work on projects not in direct contact with families but still making a significant impact in their lives. 

    Youth volunteer opportunities:

    • Sorting donations and organizing
    • Making food boxes (depends on day availability)
    • Making hygiene kits
    • Cleaning projects
    • Outdoor cleaning projects
    • Kitchen cleaning and cooking (must be 12 or older)

       Orientation and training is required for all individual volunteer positions. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks to complete orientation and receive        proper training. Please email Shannon to set up an orientation time.

       To download the YWCA volunteer form,  click here. Please email your application or turn it in at your scheduled orientation time.

    Service Projects

    • Organize a Drive
      We rely on community members like you to help us provide basic needs for those seeking safe shelter with us. Facilitating an urgent need drive is a fun and interactive way to make a meaningful impact. Drive options vary based on our current needs, but generally include: clothing, paper goods, hygiene products and nonperishable food. 

    • Sponsor a Night of Shelter
      Last year, we provided a record-breaking 1,484 women and children with safe shelter as they escaped domestic violence, homelessness and other crisis. A gift of $43 provides a women or her child with a night of shelter and helps meet their basic needs.

    Contact us

    3000 South University Drive, Fargo, ND 58103 | (701) 232-3449 | [email protected]