YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response and Needs

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley places the health and safety of its clients, staff, members, and supporters at the highest level of importance. As we monitor the COVID-19 status in our service area, we are basing our decisions for program and facility operations on recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our local and state authorities, Knox County Schools and others.

In an effort to promote social distancing, YWCA has suspended all group meetings and activities at all YWCA locations (Downtown Knoxville, Phyllis Wheatley Center and Oak Ridge) until further notice.

How You Can Help

AS YWCA responds to this challenging time in our community's history, our staff will continue to provide life-saving services to our clients facing domestic violence, unemployment, and food insecurity. Many of you have asked how you can help YWCA continue to provide these essential services during this crisis.

Prepared meals, shelf-stable foods, paper products, and cleaning supplies are among our clients' most urgently needed items.

Get Involved

These are uncertain times for all of us in our community. Your support will help the most vulnerable among us weather this crisis.

Please consider giving a monetary gift or purchasing items of critical need via our Amazon Wishlists.

Your support is greatly appreciated.


Food and Beverages

• Applesauce (6-ct, 4-oz packages)

• Beef Jerky

• Breakfast Bars

• Bottled Water

• Canned Pasta (such as Chef Boyardee)

• Canned Chicken or Tuna

• Easy Mac (microwavable)

• Fruit Cups

• Gatorade/Powerade

• Granola Bars

• Instant Noodles

• Microwave Popcorn

• Rice-A-Roni

• Sandwich Crackers (Peanut Butter, Cheese, etc)

• Soup (Pull-tab cans preferred)

Cleaning Supplies

and Paper Products

• Disinfecting Wipes

• Disinfecting Spray

• Hand Sanitizer

• Paper Towels

• Toilet Paper

• Bleach

Hygiene and

Other Essentials

• 1-day bus passes

• $20 Gas Gift Cards

• $20-25 Grocery Gift Cards

• $20-25 Visa Gift Cards

• Body Wash/Soap

• Hand Soap

• Toothbrushes

Domestic Violence Services

YWCA Victim Advocates will be available via phone for those seeking domestic violence services. Safety Planning, Danger Assessments and other recommendations can be made over the phone to those seeking assistance. Serving those in need is a top priority and will continue through alternative methods. Call YWCA at 865-523-6126 for assistance.

Phyllis Wheatley Center

The facility will be closed to all groups and programming starting Monday, March 16, until further notice. The Phyllis Wheatley Center will resume programming when Knox County Schools returns to its normal scheduling. Please contact Kathy Mack, Director of the Phyllis Wheatley Center, with questions or concerns at 865-546-0651.

Club W and Rentals

All room rentals and Club W activities are suspended until further notice. Rentals will be contacted to work on rescheduling events, meetings and other activities. We appreciate your understanding and we are honored that you choose YWCA for your personal or business gatherings.