Ways You Can Help

The YWCA Knoxville welcomes individuals and groups who can volunteer 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 Y 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 at AeJohnson@ywcaknox.com.

 

Ongoing Program Volunteer Opportunities

Position: GameChangers Mentor
Term: Spring 2018
Hours per week: 3 hours per week for 17 weeks
Qualifications: Male, over 18-years old with reliable transportation
Tasks and 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 training’s. Mentors are expected to be role-models to students.
Supervised by: Kendrick Tate, GameChangers Mentor Coordinator
For Info: Check out the GameChangers website HERE

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Department: YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center
Position: YTEEN Advisor
Term: July- April (school year/9 months)
Hours per week: 2-3 hours
Qualifications: Requires interview, references, background check
Tasks and Responsibilities: Ability to lead all club activities with assistance of placement liaison and coordinator- Uphold the mission of YTEENS and the YWCA-Administer and collect surveys and other important information
Supervised by: Kathy Mack, Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center
Additional Information: YTEENS is a girls leadership program hosted in middle and high schools over Knox, Sevier, and Blount counties. Our main focus is to empower young women and foster learning of a wide-range of skills from servant leadership to healthy lifestyle.

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Position: Americorps VISTA Volunteer
Term: One Year
Hours per month: Full Time
Qualifications: At least 18 years of age and holds a college degree
Tasks and Responsibilities: VISTA Member activities will include: develop and implement a community education and involvement campaign that will inform families of the YWCA’s mission, services, and offerings at the Phyllis Wheatley Center; develop and implement curriculum for technology and common core standards for middle school youth and parents; expand current technology resources offered to include additional computer and learning stations; create opportunities for increased access to technology for students and parents including but not limited to computer and Internet access; develop training materials for volunteer mentors/tutors who work directly with disadvantaged youth, children with special needs, and adults; recruit and organize the volunteer program to ensure that volunteers are placed as needed in all areas of PWC’s Learning Center and create training on how to manage the volunteer database; develop and implement satisfaction surveys to ensure effectiveness of education and technology programming.
Supervised by: Alle Lilly, Executive Director and Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator
Additional information:The VISTA Member will be housed at the YWCA in Knoxville. Star Center’s Building Together Project places Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members with non-profit organizations that work with children and adults with disabilities statewide, as well as other agencies that empower communities to get out of poverty. For more information visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=54079&fromSearch=true

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[requires interview, references, background check, 6 month commitment]

Department: Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program
Position: Computer Lab Volunteer
Term: Minimum three months
Hours per month: 3-6 hours
Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women we serve and basic computer knowledge.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Educate and teach computer skills on multiple levels.
Supervised by: Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program Staff and Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator
Additional information: Volunteer will meet regularly with Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program Staff to discuss needs of the residential clients and possible classes/courses to be offered.
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Department: Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program
Position: Special Interest Event/Class Planning
Term: 6 months.
Hours per month: 3-6 hours
Qualifications: Have an understanding of the women we serve. Have a specialized interest or ability and a willingness to share.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Host a special interest event or plan a class for female residents. Some ideas would be host a book club, art class, or cooking class.
Supervised by: Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program Staff and Ally Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator
Additional information: Volunteer will meet regularly with Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program Staff to discuss needs of the residential clients and special interest event or class to be offered.
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Department: YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center
Position:  After School Program and Summer Kids in Play Program
Term: Summer 2018
Hours per week: 2-4 hours
Qualifications: Have an understanding of the population we serve and a comfort level working with at-risk youth. Have a specialized interest or ability and a willingness to share.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Lead a recurring class for a specialized skill. Some ideas include auto mechanics class, cooking classes, sewing classes, tutoring etc.
Supervised by: Kathy Mack, Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center
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Department: YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center
Position: Senior Services Program
Term: 3-6 months
Hours per month: 2-6 hours
Qualifications: Have an understanding and comfort working with the elderly.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Assist at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center by engaging with the elderly, preparing snacks and participating in games on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
Supervised by: Kathy Mack, Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center
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Department: YWCA Club W
Position: Class Instructor
Term: 3-6 months
Hours per month: 2-6 hours
Qualifications: Have an understanding of the population we serve and possible age differences. Have an interest and background in physical fitness and well-being.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Teach specialized classes with partners or teach health, fitness or wellness classes for general public or YWCA clients
Supervised by: Bridget Baldau, Health & Fitness Coordinator

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Enough!:  Volunteer Corps to End Domestic Violence
[separate application; requires interview, references, extensive background check, 12 month commitment]

  • Victim Advocacy – assist clients in crisis with safety planning, filing orders of protection, coordinating triage services with partner agencies, accessing referrals for basic needs, and follow-up contact
  • Support Groups – Design and facilitate specialized workshops for women who have experienced domestic violence.
  • Court Support – Accompany clients and provide emotional support, information, and referrals as they seek the full protection of domestic violence laws.
  • Special Events/Awareness Projects – plan and organize special event campaigns including the annual YWCA Week Without Violence in October
  • Childcare – Assist clients with children in court and at community support group sites by supervising children and creating and leading play activities.
  • Community Education – Prepare for and present at speaking engagements with local community groups to provide basic domestic violence information
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