Volunteer With The YWCA


Thank you for your interest in sharing your time and talents with the YWCA! Volunteers help us to fulfill the mission work of the YWCA, serving our community. We cannot do it alone, we greatly appreciate your time and consideration!

There are many opportunities to volunteer at the YWCA… from answering the phone, teaching a class, serving on a committee, working on a special event, to being an advocate in our Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Resource Center. Please see our listing of volunteer opportunities below.

For more information about the YWCA Volunteer Program, please contact the YWCA Social Enterprise Director at 563-242-2110 or at development@ywcaclinton.org.

Click here to complete a volunteer application.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
– Booker T. Washington

What will you receive by volunteering:

  • The wonderful feeling you have when you help someone
  • Learn new skills to add to your resume
  • The feeling of involvement

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
– Aesop

Get Involved with the YWCA

Housing Services

Assist and support families and individuals experiencing homelessness by:

  • become a committee member (Empowerment Committee)
  • assemble participant packets
  • assemble application packets
  • sort / organize donations
  • clean office
Front Desk

Assist YWCA patrons by helping with:

  • class registration
  • facility tours
  • answering phones
  • general clerical duties
Health & Wellness

Assist and support the fitness and wellness participants in the following ways:

  • teaching classes
  • helping with adult and children pool classes
  • helping with special events and fundraisers
  • maintenance and upkeep
  • become a committee member
  • swim coach during youth swim lessons
Youth

Assist with support and programming for school age children in the following ways:

  • teach a class
  • help with special events
  • Summer Camp counselor
  • help with program set up
  • share a hobby/talent/skill
  • chaperone on field trips
  • become a committee member
Maintenance

Assist with the general appearance of the inside and outside of the YWCA facility by:

  • painting
  • lawn care/landscaping
  • repairs
  • housekeeping
Enrichment

Assist with programs that will enrich lives through:

  • sharing a special talent you have
  • special events/community events, e.g. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Cinco de Mayo
  • committee member
Children’s Center

Assist with the support and care of children and their families through:

  • rocking infants
  • chaperone field trips
  • assist staff with daily care of children
  • special events/fundraisers
  • office support
  • committee member
Marketing

Assist with the promotion and organization of YWCA programs and services

  • computer work
  • distribution of posters & fliers
  • office support
  • helping at events

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead, anthropologist

Please complete our volunteer application and a YWCA staff member will contact you. Thank you!

A letter from a volunteer...

“When I retired from teaching 3 years ago, I was interested in finding new and creative ways to spend my time… It was during those first months of retirement that I had a renewed appreciation for the YWCA and the many things it offered. In addition to the fitness classes I signed up for, I introduced my mother and mother-in-law to the senior classes. What a great way for them to exercise and socialize!

I had occasion to observe the childcare center and the very caring staff at work. I learned about the crisis services program, transitional housing, second shift childcare, preschool, before and after school programs and many other services and opportunities the YWCA provides. When Lori Freudenberg asked me if I would like to be on the board of directors, I KNEW this was one of the opportunities I had been looking for!

While serving on the board, I have had the opportunity to meet so many interesting, talented women and work with them on various committees and projects. My favorite project has been helping to coordinate the YWCA signature event, Art Under the Stars.

My first term on the board is almost over and I eagerly look forward to starting my second and helping the YWCA as it moves forward with its mission of ELIMINATING RACISM AND EMPOWERING WOMEN!

“What I have given to the YWCA is little compared to what I have gotten in return . . . new friendships and knowing that I am part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of others!"

Get involved with the YWCA!

Sincerely,
Gaile Brinkman
Past YWCA Board Member

Planning Committees

Family/Youth Services – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Children’s Center & Youth Director)

Oversees the youth and childcare programs and works with the department directors to set fees, determine policies and promote programs. Assists in marketing, fundraising efforts and community events.

Youth Programs

  • Week Without Violence awareness project
  • Pizza Ranch Fundraisers
  • School programs

Childcare / Preschool Programs

  • Halloween House of Wonders
  • Oodles of Noodles
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Wendy’s Night
  • Preschool graduation

Advocacy

Women’s Empowerment (WE) – Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at Noon

(Staff Liaison: Youth Director) Minimum of 10 committee members, or Board fills openings.
Responsible for developing programs which address the YWCA mission: empowering women. Also provides support for the programs of the Empowerment Center. Plans, interprets, and evaluates a variety of services to meet the special needs of women.

  • Empowerment events
  • Empowerment Center / Housing Services
  • Candidate’s Forum in major election year
  • Week Without Violence awareness or event
  • Advocacy
Racial Justice – Meets 1st Thursday of the month at Noon

(Staff Liaison: Assistant ED) Minimum of 10 committee members, or Board fills openings. Responsible for developing programs which address the YWCA mission: eliminating racism.

  • Stand Against Racism
  • Partner on Peace Walk
  • Diversity Library
  • Week Without Violence awareness or event
  • Advocacy
Financial Development – Meets 1st Tuesday at Noon

(Staff Liaison: Financial Development Director)
Responsible for developing both short and long-range plans for securing private and public funds for the YWCA. Coordinates YW participation in fundraising activities such as annual giving campaign and supporting member drive. Signature Auction is a sub-committee under this committee.

  • Fundraising Plan
  • Grant and funding resource identification
  • Supporting Members
  • Woman of Achievement sponsorships
  • Annual Giving Signature Auction Event
Signature Auction Sub-Committee – Meets 1st Tuesday at Noon January – July

Responsible for planning of the Signature Auction event; attending event, assisting with decorations and set up, soliciting items for auction, selling tickets.

Woman of Achievement – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Financial Development Director)
Plans and coordinates the annual Woman of Achievement nomination process, voting procedures, honorees and banquet details. Must be a former WOA honoree to sit on committee.

Health & Wellness – Meets Second Wednesday of March, July, and November at Noon

(Staff Liaison: Health & Wellness Director)
Works with Health & Wellness Director. Responsible for seasonal promotions, and fitness specific fundraisers. Discuss new trends and ways to implement them.

  • Winter/Fall Promotions
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Fundraisers
Senior Services – 2016 dates: March 10, July 14, and November 17 at 11:30 am

(Staff Liaison/Chair: Senior Services Coordinator (No Board Chair)
Works with Senior Services Coordinator. Responsible for senior-specific seasonal promotions and social events.

  • Senior social events
Marketing Committee – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Marketing Director)
Plans promotions, advertising, special events and activities to encourage membership growth.

  • Promotion of all departments
  • Winter/Fall Promotions
  • Week Without Violence organization
Personnel Committee – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Executive Director)
Assists in making personnel policies, staff development and training.

All committees/task forces are chaired by a board member and have a staff liaison.

Board members will be given the opportunity to change committees every year. Calendars with upcoming events will be provided to board members. Board members are asked to attend as many special events as possible.

Community Committees with YWCA support:

Caring Tree – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Executive Director)
Community based organization that plans and coordinates the Caring Tree tag distribution and Caring Tree Party.

MLK – Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm, as needed

(Staff Liaison: Marketing Director)
Community based organization that plans and coordinates this annual event.

Clinton Peace Coalition – Meets 1st Wednesday of the month at Noon

(Staff Liaison: Assistant ED)
Community based organization that plans and coordinates the Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace and other peace initiatives.

Clinton Half Marathon – Meets 1st Monday of the month at 5pm

(Staff Liaison: Executive Director)
Community based organization that plans and coordinates the Clinton Half Marathon.

YWCA Bylaws Standing Committees:

These committee are by invitation only as per Bylaws

Executive Committee – Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm

(Chaired by Executive Director)
Committee members selected as per bylaws; committee description in YWCA bylaws

Governance Committee – Meets as needed

(Staff Liaison: Executive Director)
Selected as per bylaws; committee description in YWCA bylaws

Finance Committee – Meets Monday before the Board Meeting, Meets Monday before Board meeting (generally the 4thMonday of the month) at Noon

(Chair: Treasurer / Staff Liaison: Executive Director)
Committee members selected as per bylaws; committee description in YWCA bylaws