What can you do?

We can all play a part in supporting survivors and preventing violence against girls and women. Each year, the YWCA carries out its critical mission utilizing the talents and expertise of hundreds of volunteer hours, ranging from Board members, to committees to special events. Many businesses and community groups extend their support and their talent as Partners in Action. Individuals across the nation contribute to the YWCA each year through donations and special programs like Women of Excellence. Others help share the message of the YWCA through speaking engagements and distributing information.

We sincerely extend our gratitude and appreciation to everyone behind-the-scenes who helps create fresh starts and bright futures for so many women and their families. You’re part of the reason we are 130 years strong – and what makes our community great!


VOLUNTEER: We will train you to provide direct services or we can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your skills, abilities and interests. If you are interested in volunteering, please call our main number and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator. Some volunteers work on specific projects on a committee basis; others volunteer across our women’s and children’s programs. See list of programs in need of volunteers.

ADVOCATE: Talk to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about the issue of violence against girls and women. Tell your local, state and federal government representatives that supporting survivors and preventing violence needs to be a priority.

DONATE: Financial support is always appreciated and helps us meet the needs of the women and children that we serve. Donations of $100 or more qualify for a 50% State of Missouri tax credit among others. For example, did you know that a $500 donation to the YWCA equates to a $420 total tax credit across federal and state sources? (Yes, $500 donated is really $80 out of pocket, depending on your tax bracket!) Donate online here.

Donations of used clothing, pillows & bed linens, towels and other household goods are also needed. See a complete list of items to donate on our FAQ page.

Encourage your business or organization to become a Partner in Action. You can support the YWCA at your workplace in several ways. Some have hosted Jeans’ Days, offered volunteers, hosted presentations or brought special donations for holiday events.

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