We encourage individuals and groups to support the YWCA through Volunteerism.  Please look for your area of interest below to see where you might fit!

Groups: 

If your business, church or faith group, service organization, or other group would like to do a service project, depending on the date, and time, and current needs, we may be able to find a match for you.  Past projects have included doing a donation drive for hygiene items or bedding, helping with landscaping, hosting a donation meal at a restaurant, or organizing storage areas.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tiffany at tgardner@ywcaerew.org.

Students:

If you want to volunteer as an intern or student worker at the YWCA, you are welcome to apply using this link to the Volunteer Application. Applications will need to be made at least a month prior to the beginning of the semester, and space is limited, so get your applications in early!  We are unable to accept short-term shadowing placements, or internships of less than 80 total hours.  Please send your application to Carla at ckilgore@ywcaerew.org.

Individuals:

If you want to share your own time with others, we may have a match for you!  Depending on current volunteer levels, we may have openings in the following areas.  Because of the nature of the work and the level of screening and training needed, we are only able to accept individuals who are seeking to make a commitment to volunteer regularly for at least 6 months. Please send this application to Carla at ckilgore@ywcaerew.org

Dress for Success Shop Assistant

Description: Dress for Success Fort Wayne provides apparel for interviews and jobs as well as resume reviews and mock interviews. The assistant will help the Director with tasks such as ironing or steaming clothes, organizing donations, picking up donations, and cleaning.

Training needed: This volunteer will need to go through YWCA Northeast Indiana volunteer orientation as well as a Dress for Success volunteer orientation. They will need to be on 3 training shifts before they can work independently.

Crisis Lines/Client Support

Description: Assist with answering general phone calls, crisis calls, and responding to client needs requests.  This will be scheduled to provide support during staff meetings, so daytime and evening availability is useful.    

Training needed: This Volunteer will need to complete a full-day YWCA Orientation to learn about the agency, programs, and basic information regarding Domestic Violence, and complete 3 training shifts prior to working independently. Background check is required.

Sexual Assault Hotline Assistant

Description: The sexual assault hotline attendant will, after thorough training, take calls through the sexual assault hotline. One week a month you will be the primary attendant and one week a month you will be the secondary attendant, on call 24 hours/day to take hotline calls. This is subject to change pending number of volunteers.

Training needed: This volunteer will need to go through YWCA Northeast Indiana volunteer orientation and training with sexual assault program director.  

Facilities Assistant

Description: The facilities assistant will work with our Facilities Manager to turn over client rooms, do seasonal work such as shoveling, salting, and raking, organize supplies, move furniture and other items, and other tasks as needed. This position will need to be able to lift 30 pounds and go up and down stairs.

Training needed: This volunteer will need to go through YWCA Northeast Indiana volunteer orientation and trauma informed care training. They will need to be on 6 training shifts before they can work independently.

Chic Boutique Coordinator

Description: The Chic Boutique Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and procuring items for our Boutique. The Boutique is an incentive based program where clients can earn tickets to exchange for items by completing chores and other tasks. Tasks would include arranging items, throwing away or rehoming items, and keeping inventory at an appropriate level.

Training needed: This volunteer will need to go through YWCA Northeast Indiana full-day orientation. They will need to be on 2 training shifts before they can work independently. Background check is required.

Group Leader

Description: A group lead will lead or co-lead with a staff member, intern or other volunteer a weekly or bi-weekly group for clients. This could include crafts, hobby focused, education, cooking or other topics as approved by staff.

Training needed: This volunteer will need to go through YWCA Northeast Indiana full-day orientation, and will need to train for at least 3 shifts prior to working directly with clients.