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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 YWCA 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

We are working toward resuming in-person activities with volunteers following Covid-19 protocols. At this time, we’re looking to resume in-person volunteer activities at the hotline and the hospital advocacy program. 

Please read the role descriptions for training and commitment requirements.

Direct Services (looking to resume volunteer activities in Summer 2021)

  • Hotline Volunteer
    The regional EmpowerNet Hotline is an award-winning 24/7 collaborative between YWCA Richmond and five 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 attend Volunteer Orientation, complete Volunteer Advocacy Training at YWCA Richmond and on-site training.
    • Commitment: Day-time shift availability, volunteers self-schedule dependent on when they are available
  • 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 shifts which vary between 3-8 hours, and be ready to support patients who seek services from any one of the seven area hospitals we support.

    • Training: R-HART volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation, complete Volunteer Advocacy Training at YWCA Richmond and on-site training.
    • Commitment: 24/7 shift availability, volunteers self-schedule dependent on when they are available


Administrative Opportunities (currently on hold due to Covid-19) – Attend Volunteer Orientation

  • 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.


Volunteering with Children (currently on hold due to Covid-19)

  • Daytime Childcare: 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: Day-time availability

Step Two – Apply!

Ready to get started? Fill out our  individual volunteer application and one of our volunteer coordinators will reach out to you about next steps.

You may contact Marcela Salazar at msalazar@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 980-7292 if you have any questions.

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Step Three – Speak with Volunteer Coordinator & Attend Orientation

After you apply, one of our volunteer coordinators will reach out to you to discuss your volunteer interest.

YWCA Richmond holds bi-monthly orientations for incoming volunteers. We believe all our volunteers are members of the team and ambassadors of the organization – We want all volunteers to feel they know about the organization where you volunteer your time and to see all the possible ways you can engage.

Step Four – Attend Training

For R-HART, Hotline & Preschool Volunteers. If you are volunteering for events, administrative, group or other roles, please skip this step.

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. We provide these hours of training during a 5-week program, with 3-hour workshops held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This training is required for volunteers interested in participating in the R-HART hospital accompaniment program and the regional EmpowerNet Hotline.

About the program

Volunteer Program Philosophy

YWCA Richmond 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