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 events. 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! Click here for a current list of volunteer opportunities! Volunteers Needed

Volunteer of the Month!

SHARON KORANDA has been volunteering for the YWCA since 2011. When asked how she would describe herself, her response was “BLESSED.”Sharon grew up in St. Joseph, graduating from Lafayette High School 12th in her class of 210. She was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest went to Kindergarten. She worked at Sears and eventually took a position at Light & Power where she stayed for 20 years. It was then that she was given the opportunity to work in Community Relations and that is how she was introduced to the YWCA.  Sharon retired in May of 2010 and  in January 2011 became a Mentor for the Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies program and currently helps with the planning of events.Sharon is married to Bob. She has 3 children, 2 bonus children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.  She and Bob share a love of God, family, Corvettes, old cars, antiques and laughter. She also volunteers at her church, McCarthy Baptist.Sharon is a friend to whoever needs an ear and the kindness she shows for others is bountiful. The YWCA is proud to call her our VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH.

Volunteers help with specific events such as:

excellence-thumbnailWomen 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!

gardener-thumbnailGardener’s Festival

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.

luncheon-thumbnailAdministrative 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!

meeting-thumbnailYWCA 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.

justice-thumbnailDay 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.

golf-thumbnailMissouri 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!

shelter-thumbnailEmergency 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.

jump-thumbnailHealthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies volunteers:

Volunteers can also make a huge impact through the HTP/HB 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 Jill Haynes at 816-232-4481.

Got a great idea for a grand volunteer project? We’d love to hear it. Contact us to talk about your ideas for helping the YWCA fulfill its critical mission, and how you can share your talents.
Volunteer with Us
Volunteers have been the backbone of the YWCA St. Joseph throughout our 130-year history. We encourage you to continue the tradition and get involved by volunteering with us. No matter what your skills or schedule, we have a place for you alongside our team.