Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer with the YWCA

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), with orientations held mid-way between training sessions. Volunteer roles requiring training have been noted in the description.

IMPORTANT: Our Winter  2015 Volunteer Advocacy Training is full. This training is required for volunteers interested in participating in the R-HART hospital accompaniment program, the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline, the YWCA Speakers Bureau and our childcare services.

We will continue to accept applications year-round, but will not be able to enroll new volunteer applicants in training for these opportunities until our May 2015 session. Please contact Rachel Solomon (rsolomon@ywcarichmond.org) if you have any questions.

Volunteer Program Philosophy

The YWCA acknowledges the critical role volunteers play in helping us achieve our mission to empower women, children and families. We value the contributions of volunteers and seek to utilize their time, talent, and passion to enrich the lives of others. We aspire to provide volunteers with the resources needed to be successful and to offer meaningful experiences that will have a lasting impact on our clients, organization, and community.

Program Goals

• Be a nonprofit of choice for volunteers
• Educate volunteers on issues important to our clients, organization, and community to affect positive change
• Build a collaborative community focused on making a significant impact
• Retain volunteers by offering meaningful and rewarding opportunities

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 note that we accept applications year-round, but we will not be able to enroll R-HART, Hotline, Speakers Bureau and Childcare volunteers into training until our next session (January 2015).


  • Please email or call Rachel Solomon at rsolomon@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 643-1392 to find out more details about individual volunteer opportunities at the YWCA.
  • Looking for volunteer with a group or corporation? You may call or email Leigh Busby at (804)780-7291 or lbusby@ywcarichmond.org with your questions or project ideas.

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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 programs begin with the 24/7 Greater Richmond Regional Hotline, an emergency hotline collaborative between the YWCA of Richmond, The James House, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor and Project Hope. 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. This opportunity requires 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.