YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Get Involved

Volunteer

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

Volunteers can serve the YWCA in a variety of ways:

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!

Recurring Volunteers: Ready to jump right in? We'd love to have you join us! 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. Learn more about our application process by clicking here.

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 learning more about volunteer opportunities? Please contact Gracie Herbert, Development Coordinator, at gherbert@ywcaknox.com or 865-523-6126.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Youth Engagement

GameChangers Mentor

• Term: Spring 2020 (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, GameChangers Mentor Coordinator. More information and online application are available on the GameChangers
website.

After School Program

• Term: Undefined, opportunities available year-round

• Commitment: 2-4 hours/week

• 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 at the Phyllis Wheatley Center 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: Grace Herbert, Development Associate.

Keys of Hope Women's Program

YW Boutique

• Term: Undefined, prefer 6 month commitment

• Commitment: 3-6 hours/month

• Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women served in our Keys of Hope Women's 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: Grace Herbert, Development Associate.

Events & Classes

• Term: Undefined, prefer 6 month commitment

• Commitment: 3-6 hours/month

• Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women served in our Keys of Hope Women's 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: Grace Herbert, Development Associate.

General

Landscaping

• 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: Grace Herbert, Development Associate.