Volunteer Opportunities

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Our dedicated and reliable volunteers are critical in helping us achieve our mission. Please review the volunteer opportunities below to determine if supporting the YWCA of Richmond would be a good fit for you.  Based on the type of volunteer support being provided, some training might be required.  Our Volunteer Advocacy Training is offered three times per year (January, May, and September).  Volunteer roles requiring training have been noted in the description.

Ready to get started? Fill out our group volunteer or individual volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to about next steps.

Please email or call Leigh Busby at lbusby@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 980-7291 to find out more details about the YWCA Volunteer Program.

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Preschool Volunteer
Be an extra set of hands in our preschool! Help teachers with daily projects, extra one-on-one help and special events. The kids love new faces!  Preschool volunteers are required to complete an orientation before volunteering.

Childcare Volunteer
Volunteers spend time with kids while parents attend empowerment groups, YWCA hosted workshops, or group counseling sessions. Volunteers must complete our approximately 10 hours of training before volunteering.

Administrative Opportunities

Special Events & Facilities Support
Keep our historic spaces looking and feeling beautiful for those we serve. There are several ways throughout the year to help with projects such as painting, sorting, organizing and decorating.  We also often need volunteer support for events.

Meal Support

Get a group together and adopt an apartment by providing a weekly meal for a family residing in our emergency housing. Days are flexible.

Administrative Support
This could include anything from making purple ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to stuffing envelopes for our Spring Mailing or supporting our front desk.

Speakers Bureau

Volunteers are trained to speak on domestic violence, sexual assault, and the services of the YWCA of Richmond. This is a great opportunity to train the community on these important issues. Click here for more information regarding the YWCA of Richmond’s Speakers Bureau.  Some training is required to volunteer for our Speakers Bureau.

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Volunteer for collaborative emergency services:

Both our domestic and sexual violence programming begin with our 24/7 emergency hotline. Volunteers are trained to offer support, provide relevant referrals, and complete assessments to determine needs and provide guidance to those seeking housing and resources. Hotline volunteers must complete Volunteer Advocacy Training requirements and commit to volunteering 10-12 hours per month, for three months.

Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (R-HART)
Be a shoulder to lean on when someone needs it most. In this position, you’re trained to respond to the hospital for community members who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence. Volunteers provide information, referrals, and support. Volunteers are asked to sign-up to be on-call for 8 hours shifts and be ready to support patients who seek services from one of the area hospitals we support. Volunteers are required to commit to two, 8-hour shifts per month.

This volunteer opportunity is also a chance to work on a regional team of volunteer advocates which includes staff and volunteers from Hanover Safe Place and Safe Harbor.  The following opportunities require 32 hours of training in accordance with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

If you’d like to suggest an opportunity that you think would be beneficial to our families but is not listed above, please contact Leigh Busby at lbusby@ywcarichmond.org to explore the idea.