GET INVOLVED

Take an active part in promoting more equal and just society with the YWCA Richmond.

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YWCA Richmond volunteers fuel our work to empower women and eliminate racism.  We value community members who give their time just as much as we value those who donate money.   

Whether it is giving time and talent at a one-day event, weekly program, or longer-term project, each volunteer creates a lasting impact on our clients, families, and community.  Our volunteer projects include: 

  • Administrative Projects: Help with behind-the-scenes work such as in-kind donation inventory, marketing projects, and more. 
  • Community Events: Join us at one-day community events where we share about YWCA programs and resources and provide interactive activities to connect with our community. 
  • Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Services: Serve as a trained advocate at our hospital accompaniment program and regional hotline. (Note: this opportunity requires a 40-hour volunteer advocacy training. Hotline volunteers must be 18+, and hospital accompaniment volunteers must be 21+) 
  • Meal Transport: Help with transporting healthy meals between the various Sprout School locations. (Note: a current driver’s license is required.) 
  • Sprout School (childcare and early education program for infants through 5-year-olds): Assist at one-day events or monthly activities at the Sprout School where children explore, express themselves, and build community through art and play. 

Through our volunteer program, we learn just as much from you as you do from us! 

If you are interested in joining our team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, fill out the application below.  If you have any questions, reach out to Sam Burns at sburns@ywcarichmond.org 

*We do also offer group volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Nadia Gooray at ngooray@ywcarichmond.org. 

Your support is critical in helping the YWCA Richmond create and advance opportunities to empower women, children and families to live their best lives.

Your donations directly impact essential services we provide to women and families, such as counseling, housing, hospital accompaniment, crisis hotline, outreach and early childhood education programs. Thank you for investing in their future.

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Donate Funds

Donate by mail by sending your checks made payable to “YWCA Richmond” to 6 N. 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Donate over the phone by calling with your credit or debit card during our regular business hours Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. Call 804-980-7284.

Pledge

Download our pledge form here 

Read our Donor Policy Here

In-Kind Donations

Donate Gift Cards at any time by contacting Margaret Dodson at 804-980-7284 or emailing MDodson@ywcarichmond.org. This is always our highest priority need, with gift cards in denominations ranging from $20-$100 from the following stores:

  • Kroger, Food Lion, and other grocery stores
  • Walmart, Target
  • Restaurants
  • CVS, Walgreens, or other pharmacies

In-Kind Donation Drop Off is available by appointment only, M-F 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Please contact Margaret Dodson through email at MDodson@ywcarichmond.org to schedule a time to drop off donations. Below is a list of things we need most:

  • Blow up mattresses: size Twin and Full
  • Hand soap and dish soap, household cleaning supplies
  • Canvas or re-useable shopping bags
  • Kid friendly snacks
  • Outdoor toys
  • Books- all reading levels from infant to elementary school level

Send us donations from our Amazon Wish Lists. Use the links below to send us donations that will ship right to our door! These items have been selected especially for our services by our staff members. Thanks for helping us provide the things that folks need though our programs.

Sprout School Bainbridge Wish List

Sprout School Children’s Museum of Richmond Wish List

YWCA Welcome and Care Kit Wish List

*Please note that we need different things at different times but are always grateful that you want to help us. Please be sure to confirm our needs with us before you drop off your donation. Thank you!

YWCA Richmond has been supporting the community since 1887 with services and programs to help families in the Richmond area. We believe education is a core component of prevention that will help us all empower women, children, and families to live their best lives.

Through our Advocacy and Outreach department, YWCA Richmond works to provide free and low-cost workshops to individuals, groups, and professionals who are interested in learning more about how to prevent many of the issues that our clients face in our communities.

Request a Speaker Form

Workshop Topics

  • Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence Awareness
    • This talk is for groups interested in learning about domestic violence, including the warning signs, barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, and cycle of abuse. We encourage participants to think critically about how domestic violence affects people from different populations and highlights the effects as well as methods to providing help to those individuals who experience violence.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness
    • This talk is geared toward groups interested in defining sexual violence, understanding the affects, and learning methods to provide advocacy for survivors. We’ll explain the basics of trauma reactions and dispel common myths about sexual violence. We also hope to provide you with information about how to respond appropriately to survivors and become an advocate.
  • Healthy Relationships & Teen Dating Violence Prevention
    • This talk is geared toward teen groups interested in defining dating & sexual violence, understanding the affects, and learning methods to having healthy relationships, and provide tips to advocate for friends who are in an abusive relationship. We’ll explain dispel common myths, discuss dating violence in the media, and define healthy relationships.
  • YWCA Richmond 101: Services Overview
    • This talk provides information about YWCA Richmond, including a brief history of the organization and an overview of the services and programs we offer to the community. You’ll hear about how our programs have changed over the years to best meet the needs of families and learn how individuals and community groups can become involved and be advocates for families supported by YWCA Richmond.

Resource Tables

Want YWCA Richmond to join you at your fair, trade show or community event? YWCA Richmond empowers community members by providing information about early childhood education, sexual and domestic violence, and resources at events throughout the Richmond region. If you’re interested in having a YWCA Richmond representative present at your event, like a corporate volunteer fair, awareness event, or wellness fair, please complete the request form below to provide us with details.


Request a Speaker Form

We will do our best to support as many requests as possible, but please do not consider the request approved until we have confirmed our attendance as not all requests can be met. We will follow-up via email within a week from when we receive your Speaker Request Form.

Note: If you are interested in a short overview of a specific topic, like stalking, sexual assault, or domestic violence, the speaker can shorten the general information about YWCA Richmond and focus more on the specific area of interest.

Thank you for helping us to educate members of our community and advocate for children and survivors of domestic and sexual violence through your request!

Please direct any additional questions to Nadia Gooray at ngooray@ywcarichmond.org.

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Jobs & Internships

We are hiring dynamic, kind, community-minded individuals to help us empower RVA! Find out more about the positions we have open and our internship program who’s mission is to maintain expertise in the field of sexual and domestic violence, nonprofit management, and child development by engaging interns in cutting-edge theory and interventions.

Open Positions