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.

General volunteer applications are available here.

See below for a review of the volunteer process:

  • Fill out and return a general volunteer application with 3 non-relative references.
  • Once your application is received, staff will contact references. Please notify any parties listed as references to ensure timely communication.
  • Once all references have been contacted, staff will ask you to get a fingerprint or criminal background check completed, depending on if you are volunteering with youth or adult clients.  Please do not get a background check until it is requested by YWCA staff.
  • Once the background check is received, your application is submitted for approval to our CEO and Director of Business Operations. If you are approved, staff will contact you to set up an orientation.

If you have any questions or volunteer inquiries, please contact Ally Johnson, Community Engagement Manager, 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: Flexible

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, game night, movie night or cooking class.

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

Phyllis Wheatley Center: Facility Mural

Term: Undefined, opportunity schedule flexible

Commitment: To be determined, based on length of project completion

Qualifications: A specialized art ability is needed, experience in painting murals is a plus.

Tasks & Responsibilities: Calling out to our Knoxville artists! We are looking for a skilled artist willing to donate their time painting a small mural on a portion of our Phyllis Wheatley facility.

Main Contact: Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator

Oak Ridge and Phyllis Wheatley Center: Landscaping and Gardening

Term: Undefined, opportunities available year-round

Commitment: 1-5 hours

Qualifications: No strict qualifications, a specialized interest or ability is a plus.

Tasks & Responsibilities: Spend an afternoon outdoors contributing to the beautification of our Oak Ridge facility or Phyllis Wheately Center. Groups or individuals are needed in helping care for our community gardens pulling weeds, or planting flowers and vegetables.

Main Contact: Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator