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
- Fun games or activity for kids
- Plan a special activity for women (Ex: Spa Day)
- Deep cleaning
During the weekly business hours of 8am-5pm we can only have teams of volunteers consisting of up to 25 people;
- 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
- 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
toself-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 required for all individual volunteer positions. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks to complete orientation and receive proper training. Please email our Volunteer and Donations Coordinator to set up an orientation time.
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
Please email your application or turn it in at your scheduled orientation time.
- 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 andnonperishable 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
andother crisis. A gift of $44 provides a womenor her child with a night of shelter and helps meet their basic needs.
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