Volunteer with Us!

The YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley welcomes individuals and groups who are interested in volunteering their time and experience. Whether you would like to be a one-time or ongoing volunteer, we work to match the volunteer’s interests and talents with available projects.

General volunteer opportunities include: opening the YW Boutique (a donation closet for residential women), hosting a game/craft night for the Women’s Housing Program, sorting donations, tutoring students, and other general administrative and maintenance tasks.

For all volunteer inquiries, please contact Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator, at aejohnson@ywcaknox.com.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

GameChangers Mentor

Term: Spring 2019 (14 week minimum)

Commitment: 2 hours/week for 14 weeks

Qualifications: Male, at least 18 years old, with reliable transportation

Tasks & Responsibilities: Must be interested in mentoring middle school aged males about domestic violence prevention and bystander intervention; willing to submit background check; willing to attend a 5-hour initial training and several in-service trainings; mentors are expected to be role models for students.

Main Contact: Kendrick Tate and Don Black, GameChangers Mentor Coordinators

More Information and online applications are available here.

Women’s Housing Program: YW Boutique

Term: Undefined, prefer six month commitment

Commitment: 3-6 hours/month

Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women served in our transitional housing program. A specialized interest or ability is a plus.

Tasks & Responsibilities:  This is a fun way for our residents to access the donations from our community!  This opportunity includes processing all in-kind donations and placing them in our YW Boutique for residents to choose from.

Main Contact: Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator

Women’s Housing Program: Events & Classes

Term: Undefined, prefer six month commitment

Commitment: 3-6 hours

Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women served in our transitional housing program. A specialized interest or ability is a plus.

Tasks & Responsibilities: Host a special interest event or plan a class for female residents. Possible ideas include a book club, art class, or cooking class.

Main Contact: Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator and Women’s Housing Program Staff

Domestic Violence Support Groups: Childcare

Term: 1 year

Commitment: 8 hours per month (2 hours per week, evenings)

Qualifications:Experience working with children.  Have an understanding of the clients we serve who are victims of domestic violence.  Must be willing to submit to a fingerprint background check.

Tasks & Responsibilities: Coordinate activities for young children while their mothers attend domestic violence support group.

Main Contact: Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator and Women’s Housing Program Staff

Phyllis Wheatley Center: After School Program

Term: Undefined, opportunities available year-round

Commitment: 2-4 hours

Qualifications: Have an understanding of the population served and a comfort level working with at-risk, urban youth. A specialized interest or ability is a plus.

Tasks & Responsibilities:  Lead a recurring class focused on a specialized area. Potential ideas include: tutoring, dance, art, music, cooking classes, sewing classes, gardening, facility clean-up, community service projects, etc.  A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for this program.

Main Contact: Kathy Mack, Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center