Our Work is Powered by Volunteers
Make a difference in the lives of the women, children, & families we serve by joining our YWCA volunteer team. We are excited to offer several volunteer roles for adults who have availability on weekdays – all listed in the menu below. Unfortunately, our schedule doesn’t accommodate volunteer shifts on evenings or weekends. We practice COVID safety measures in alignment with Davidson County and local guidance. Currently, mask-wearing is optional while serving in-person at any of our facilities.
How to Get Started
Read our volunteer menu below for details about current opportunities. To join our team as an individual volunteer, you’ll need to participate in a virtual volunteer orientation session, then complete a volunteer application packet and participate in a mandatory background check. Volunteers must be at least 18-years old. If you express your interest by clicking the button below, you’ll receive an invitation once we schedule our next orientation session, TBA – late spring.
YWCA does not offer court-mandated community service volunteer opportunities. If you need to log volunteer hours for a college service learning project, please explore our internship opportunities .
Learn more about our individual volunteer opportunities from this menu:
We have opportunities for W-F weekday morning volunteers who have extensive experience in pet rescue or veterinary medicine. If this is a good match for you, please email Allison Adams for more information. We hope to open additional opportunities soon for pet-lovers who don’t have formal training with traumatized animals. Stay tuned!
Help lead the movement to challenge a culture that supports violence, cultivates healthy masculinity in men and boys, and change the future for women and girls. AMEND Together needs 5-6 good men & women to serve as mentors and AMEND program facilitators, virtually (and in-person, when safe to do so).
We are not currently recruiting volunteers for AMEND Together. When we reopen this opportunity, volunteers will also need to complete specialized training from our AMEND staff.
When? This commitment is 2-hrs per week (weekday, daytime – as school schedules dictate), for 12-weeks each semester.
Where? At various MNPS schools, either virtually or in-person (when it is safe to do so)
We have openings for volunteers to help us merchandise and run our Weaver Domestic Violence Center community market – The She Shed. We open the market so our residents can shop for extra items they may need or want, using “market money” they earn doing optional tasks around the center. There are even small chores for the kids to do to earn spending money for The She Shed.
When? Saturday mornings, 10am-noon, and Tuesday evenings, 5:30pm-7pm.
Where? Weaver Domestic Violence Center
Be a part of a volunteer team of women helping women! Dress for Success needs a dozen regular, rotating volunteers to help sort donations, enter data, assist with boutique & merchandizing tasks, and train to “suit” our clients (be a personal stylist).
When? Tuesdays, mainly – but shifts are sometimes also offered on other weekdays. Shifts begin mid-morning and are offered thru mid-afternoon.
Where? Dress for Success boutique – 1608 Woodmont Blvd.
YWCA’s Family Learning Center offers a free, culturally sensitive, adult education program (HiSET, formerly GED) to learners whose goal is to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Beginning in the fall of 2022, we anticipate opening opportunities for several volunteers to tutor individuals and small groups of students to help strengthen different skillsets. Tutoring is offered virtually, via Zoom, on weekday afternoons or evenings, and on some Saturdays – depending on the tutor’s and student’s availability. We offer support, guidance, and all resources needed by tutors to help our students attain their goals. If you’re bi-lingual – your gifts and talents will be especially helpful. Specialized training is mandatory before you begin.
We are not currently recruiting volunteers for our tutoring program. When we reopen this opportunity, volunteers will also need to complete specialized training from our FLC staff.
When? Weekday afternoons & possibly evenings. Occasional Saturdays if the tutor’s & student’s schedule permits.
Where? Virtually, via Zoom.
Our robust Girls Inc. program relies on women to share their success stories with our students, facilitate our programing, and assist with our spring break & summer camp sessions – all centered upon helping girls recognize they are smart, strong, and bold. Due to COVID, opportunities to help us deliver programming are limited. You must complete specialized training by our Girls Inc. staff, which takes place in late summer.
We are not currently recruiting volunteers for our Girls Inc. program. Local schools are limiting outside volunteer engagement in our current COVID climate, so we’re not able to bring in volunteers to help with program delivery. When these restrictions ease and we reopen this opportunity, volunteers will also need to complete specialized training from our Girls Inc. staff.
When? Ideally, this commitment is 2-hrs per week (weekday, daytime – as school schedule dictate), for 12-weeks each semester. The COVID climate will dictate this opportunity.
Where? At various MNPS schools, either virtually or in-person (when it is safe to do so)
Do you have a talent for interior decorating? Are you available on weekday mornings? Can you lift boxes & furniture, hang pictures & curtains, and do a little light housekeeping in record time with a team of volunteer “Angels”? We’d love to have your help transforming an empty space into a warm, inviting home for one of our Domestic Violence Services clients. We’d like to expand our Re-New Angels by 6-8 volunteers in the next year. Re-New typically tackles 1-2 projects (new homes) each month, and each project takes a team about 2 hours to complete.
When? Re-New projects are conducted “as needed” on a weekday morning, usually between 8:30am and 10:30am. Scheduling is set per demand. Volunteers are given a week’s notice in advance of a Re-New project, and the first 6-8 volunteers who respond to the call will serve the project.
Where? TBA – addresses will be provided as required.
For the last ten years, YWCA’s Wine Women & Shoes event has raised more than $3 million to provide safety to thousands of women who are fleeing domestic violence, empowering survivors to take control of their own lives. Each year, we rely on nearly 100 volunteers to help us host that important event. We have opportunities for folks to serve on our silent auction and wine cellar committees in the months ahead of the event (approximately a 20-hr commitment), and opportunities for volunteers to fill important roles at the event (a 2-3-hr commitment on event day) – which means you’ll be there to experience the excitement!
When? We’ll begin recruiting event volunteers in January 2023. The next Wine Women & Shoes takes place on Saturday, April 1, 2023, 11am -3pm.
Where? Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Can’t commit to a regular, ongoing volunteer schedule? You’re still very valuable to us! If you have flexibility in your daytime, weekday schedule, let us include you on list of volunteers we’ll call to pitch-in and help us with an important project, such as – stuffing envelopes or information packets, entering data, assisting with Zoom meeting facilitation, sorting donations, organizing storage space, assembling fixtures or furniture, weeding & landscaping, etc.
When? On Call! (Weekdays/daytime) Once we identify the project, we’ll reach out to you and ask for your help.
Where? Projects will take place at our Woodmont office, Weaver Domestic Violence Center, or may be something you can do at home.
We welcome help from mask-makers, social media sharers, donation drive organizers who wish to support our mission and be advocates for our work.
When? At your convenience. We anticipate needing masks for the foreseeable future, and we always welcome you to “like” us and share our messages anytime you’re on social media. If you wish to host a donation drive on our behalf, contact Allison Adams before you get started to learn about our current urgent needs.
Where? From the comfort & convenience of your home/office/neighborhood!
If you have an idea for a valuable volunteer project, or a particular skillset you think would benefit our organization and the families we serve, we’d love to hear all about it. Please contact Allison Adams via email with the details.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Donation Drives – Collect, sort, & deliver items we urgently need for our programs. This is a great, safe way for your group to work together to support our agency. Contact Allison Adams via email for help with the details.
Hands-on Site Projects – When it’s safe to do so, we will host small volunteer groups (4-6 adults) to help us with light maintenance & storage organization projects at Weaver Domestic Violence Center. These projects are typically scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning or afternoon. We also occasionally have weekday, daytime projects suitable from small groups of volunteers at our administrative office, located on Woodmont Blvd. Mask-wearing is encouraged but not required when serving in-person at one of our facilities.
Please contact Allison Adams via email to learn about current volunteer opportunities for your small group.