Lean more about YWCA’s mission, our team, work environment, and benefits.

Our Mission

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women in East Tennessee. We live this mission every day in six counties, bringing lifesaving and life-changing services and transforming our communities. Our values, rooted in an intersectional mission of antiracism, promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA leads initiatives for women who would otherwise be homeless, survivors of domestic violence, families, and young people across the region. Our dynamic workplace promotes excellence and balance and places high value on innovation, collaboration, and growth. Join us!

Our Team

YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley is intentional about creating an inclusive and collaborative environment that fosters adaptability, innovation and dedicated service. As such our ideal team members are highly motivated folks who care as deeply about our mission as they do about their areas of professional expertise. Their commitment to professional excellence and to creating positive outcomes for the people we serve is a driver for how they engage, execute and lead within the organization.


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Sick Leave Benefits
  • Short-term Disability
  • Long-term Disability
  • Generous PTO
  • Mental Health Days
  • Competitive Retirement Plan
  • 10 Paid Holidays + The week between Christmas & New Year


Phyllis Wheatley Center Youth Counselor Intern

Department: Phyllis Wheatley Center

Position: Youth Counselor Intern (unpaid)

Term: August-May preferred, Summer also available

Commitment: 3-10 hours per week


  • High interest in helping develop youth
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Community/organization focus

Position Requirements:

  • Assist with after-school program tutoring in Math and English for middle and high school youth
  • Help with monthly data collection and tracking.
  • Create innovative lesson plans for after-school enrichment. Research and help develop program best practices and strategies for extended learning.
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment and with a diverse group. Be fair and impartial to all students.

Supervised by: Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center

Additional Information: Must pass a background check and be formally hired by HR.


YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Values Our Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of our organization. Join us on our mission to eliminate racism and empower women; come volunteer with us and make a difference right here in your community!

In 2020, volunteers provided 2,240 hours of service – equating to $65,824 of in-kind donations! Volunteers like YOU are vital to the continued success of our programs and services. Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our volunteer community!

How to Get Involved

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley provides life-changing programs and services to women and families in East Tennessee, but it would not be possible without the many volunteers, donors, and supporters who contribute their time and resources every day to make our community a better place. Whether it’s a one-time clothing donation or a 12-week youth mentoring commitment, there is a place for you at the YWCA!

Volunteers can serve the YWCA in a variety of ways:

Recurring Individual Volunteers: Ready to jump right in? We’d love to have you join us in 2023! Volunteers seeking to serve more than once are required to complete our application process which includes a criminal background check, reference checks, and a one-time orientation. This process ensures the safety of the clients we serve and is mandatory. This opportunity is ideal for individuals looking to volunteer long-term and make a significant impact in our community. Download our volunteer application by clicking here.

Single Service Opportunity: Have a busy schedule? Join us for a one-time opportunity! This is a great way to fulfill service hours or learn more about the YWCA before committing to a recurring volunteer opportunity. Many of our long-time volunteers started out with a single service opportunity!

Group or Corporate Volunteers: Are you a member of a service organization, church, company, or other group that is looking to serve our community? YWCA has a project for you! Groups are perfect for large-scale projects and making a big impact in a short amount of time, while building relationships within your team.

Interested in organizing a group volunteer project? Please contact Jessie Perry, Director of Business Operations, at or 865-523-6126.