YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Get Involved

Volunteer

YWCA Knoxville and 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. Please 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 Grace Herbert, Development Associate, at gherbert@ywcaknox.com.

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.