Start This Year With Opportunities to Volunteer at the YWCA
Thanks to volunteers from the local community, the YWCA of St. Joseph is in its 129 year of fulfilling its key mission. Without the individuals and groups that volunteer at the YWCA, there would be a noticeable lack of support for women and children in several life-changing situations.
The YWCA of St. Joseph offers a variety of ways that you can get involved. Here are three main opportunities:
Be an advocate. Talk to your friends, family members and neighbors about the importance of supporting women recovering from domestic violence. Make a phone call or write a letter to your local, state and federal representatives to express your concern about protecting survivors of violence and equipping them for a brighter future.
Provide a donation. Financial support is always important at the YWCA of St. Joseph, and donations of $100 or more qualify for state tax credits. The YWCA also welcomes donations of items for the Shelter and for key events throughout the year. To find out what’s needed now, call 232-4481.
Become a volunteer. No matter what your skills are, or how much or little time you have available, the YWCA of St. Joseph can match you with a great volunteer opportunity. Please read below for information about a very unique and rewarding volunteer role within our Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies initiative.
Special events include:
Women of Excellence: Each year, the community gathers for the YWCA of St. Joseph’s Women of Excellence luncheon, which honors extraordinary local service and leadership. Serve on the planning committee or volunteer for hands-on help before and during the event.
Gardener’s Festival: Many volunteers are needed to put on this two-day event, which celebrates garden enthusiasts across the region.
Missouri Western State University Alumni Golf Tournament: This important annual tournament raises money for the Shelter for Homeless and Abused Women and Children. Dozens of volunteers pitch in to make it a great occasion every year.
Partners in Action: The YWCA partners with groups and businesses across the region to more effectively serve the community together. Perhaps your organization or business would want to work together with the YWCA in 2018.
As you plan your schedule for 2018, please set aside some time to volunteer at the YWCA. We value your contribution, as well as that of our volunteers. We are especially in need of mentors for our Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies program who have compassion and a caring attitude toward young parents and teen parents. It’s simple to help, and the activities are planned in advance for a once-a-month meeting. Mentors can choose to connect with their teen outside of the group if they wish, such as text messages or meeting for a conversation.
Guidelines for Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies mentors include that a candidate is 21 years old and pass a background screening. It doesn’t matter if you’re already a parent, an empty nester, or not a parent at all. We just need people to be positive and present once a month for the monthly mixer, then have a conversation once a week with their teen. The YWCA has already prepared the schedule for engaging on a regular basis or you can meet face to face on their time, it’s flexible. The goal is just to create the relationship.
We encourage you to reach out and ask any questions about becoming a mentor. It’s simple, flexible and rewarding as an individual, a couple or a family. Call Traci McChristy or Ellen Kisker today to talk more at (816) 232-4481. You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.