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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.

Step 1: Look Over Opportunities

What looks like a good fit?Read each role description for training and commitment requirements.

Administrative Opportunities – No training Required

  • 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.
  • 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 teach the community on these important issues. Click here for more information regarding the YWCA of Richmond’s Speakers Bureau.  Training is required to volunteer for our Speakers Bureau. Commitment varies based on speaking requests.

Volunteering with Children

  • Childcare
    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. Commitment varies depending on schedule of activities for parents.
  • Preschool
    Help teachers with daily projects, extra one-on-one help and special events. The kids love new faces!  Training: Preschool volunteers are required to complete an orientation before volunteering. Commitment: Weekly commitment

Direct Services

  • Hotline Volunteer
    The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline, is a 24/7 collaborative between the YWCA and four other agencies to provide support and resources to survivors and their loved ones throughout the entire Richmond Region. Volunteers are trained to offer support, provide relevant referrals, and complete needs assessments to individuals seeking emergency housing and resources.

    • Training: Hotline volunteers must complete Volunteer Advocacy Training at the YWCA and on-site training.
    • Commitment: 10-12 hours per month, for at least three months.
  • Hospital Advocate
    Be a shoulder to lean on when someone needs it most. As an on-call member of the Regional Hospital Accompaniment and Response Team (R-HART) you will provide support for community members in the emergency room who have just 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 any one of the area hospitals we support.

    • Training: R-HART volunteers must complete Volunteer Advocacy Training at the YWCA and on-site training.
    • Commitment:  two, 8-hour shifts per month, for at least six months

Step Two – Apply!

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. Please contact Rachel Solomon if you have any questions.

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

10.2012 Dominion volunteer w kidStep Three – Speak with Volunteer Coordinator

After you apply, one of our volunteer coordinators (either Leigh Busby or Rachel Solomon) will reach out to you to discuss your volunteer interest.

Step Four – Attend Training!

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.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.

IMPORTANT: Our Winter advocacy training just ended – next advocacy training session will begin in May.  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.

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.


About the program

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