As it was when we started in 1888, we’re still a group of ordinary women (and men!) involved in doing extraordinary things.
Working alongside volunteers is an inspiring and essential part of our mission, and we utilize the talents of volunteers throughout the year for committees and event. Each year, more than 3,700 volunteer hours are logged toward helping the YWCA carry out its programs and services. Some volunteer for a few hours one time; others continue to share their ideas and energy across several years. We welcome you to contact us today to talk about how you can get involved. If you have an idea of your own to share, we’d love to hear that, too!
Volunteers help with specific events such as:
Women of Excellence
Volunteers are often needed to help serve on the Women of Excellence committee, and to help with the specific tasks the committee carries out each year to prepare for this amazing event that occurs every June and attracts more than 1,200 guests!
The Gardener’s Festival is a wonderful two-day event that brings together garden lovers and flower enthusiasts from across northwest Missouri. Volunteers are needed with several aspects of the event and to help with carrying out the details that make this event great.
Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Each year the YWCA honors women who serve their workplaces with their talent, leadership and vision at the Administrative Professionals Luncheon. A volunteer committee helps organize the event and makes every detail special!
YWCA Annual Meeting
The YWCA Annual Meeting brings community members, board members and staff members together to hear about the successes and opportunities of the YWCA. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event.
Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism
If eliminating racism in our community interests you, volunteer opportunities exist for you to help with the annual Day of Commitment. This fulfills a critical part of the YWCA’s longstanding mission and vision for a community that is racism-free.
Missouri Western State University Alumni Golf Tournament, benefiting the YWCA Shelter
Each year, dozens of golfers, sponsors and volunteers roll up their sleeves to help with this annual event that raises significant support for the YWCA Shelter. Contact us today to get involved!
Emergency Shelter and Rape Crisis Program:
Throughout the year, volunteers are needed in our Emergency Shelter and Rape Crisis program. If you are interested in being a volunteer, your time would be valuable in everything from becoming a hospital advocate for rape victims to wrapping Christmas presents for the children in our shelters.
Volunteers can also make a huge impact through the JUMP program, where mentors are paired with pregnant teens or teenaged mothers. Mentors encourage teens to continue through their education as well as support them in nurturing a healthy mother-child relationship.
For more information on how to make a difference, please contact Traci McChristy at 816-232-4481.
1,513 volunteer hours were logged in 2016. Of those hours, 12 were court advocacy hours, 63 were rape crisis hours and 1,438 hours were at the Shelter, or associated Shelter programs.