YWCA is on a continued mission to empower women and families! We believe that women can thrive when they are free from violence, have access to quality education and training and economic opportunities. YWCA assists people on this journey by providing them tools through the services we offer. Our work plays an instrumental role in the advancement of women in today’s marketplace and we cannot do it alone.

YWCA invites individuals and corporations to share their talent with us through a broad range of volunteer opportunities to support our work. To learn more about those opportunities, please check out our events and plan on attending one of them so you can meet us firsthand and explore how you might get involved.

Immediate Needs

Rape Crisis Hotline Volunteer

Volunteer to answer calls for the YWCA’s Rape Crisis Hotlines or respond to crisis calls in-person at local area hospitals. Help counsel victims of sexual violence and provide resources to assist them in recovery.

Our policy is to only have comprehensively trained individuals working directly with survivors (answering the hotline, medical advocacy, etc.).

Medical & Legal Advocate Volunteer

As a medical & legal advocate volunteer, you will be on call to provide 24-hour medical advocacy to hospital emergency rooms. With the survivor’s permission, advocates are expected to stay and provide comfort throughout hospital examinations, evidence collection, and police interviews. Volunteers must demonstrate a non-judgmental, supportive attitude toward all survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers should be able to provide a one-year service commitment and complete the 40+ hour Crisis Intervention Training. Volunteer Advocates will benefit from comprehensive training, experience in crisis counseling, references for future job opportunities and opportunities to interact with veteran advocates and other sister organizations.

For more information, please contact the representative in your area:

Chicago – chicagorapecrisishotline@ywcachicago.org
DuPage County – colleen.zavodny@ywcachicago.org
South Cook County – debra.perry@ywcachicago.org

Meal Distribution

To date, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has worked with various partners to distribute more than 30,000 meals to families in our communities during the pandemic. We’ve been able to successfully undertake this effort with the help of some incredible volunteers. If you’d like to help in distributing meals to the community, please respond as directed below. Food insecurity was an issue in the communities we serve even before the COVID-19 crisis, and to be able to help now means so much. Thank you!

Please check out this news story on our Mother’s Day special meal and flower distribution on the south side.

Chicago – North Lawndale
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
10:30am CDT (until supplies last)
YWCA Julian Grace Innovation & Technology Institute
Homan Square Community Center
3517 W. Arthington
Chicago, IL 60624
Thank you to our meal providers, Rethink Food and World Central Kitchen.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please reach out to Brian Starr, our Team Captain on this important and worthwhile project, at brian.starr@ywcachicago.org. We aim to have PPE available for all volunteers, but if at all possible, please plan on bringing your own mask and gloves.

Fundraising and Events

Ambassadors Council

Ambassadors Council members are key influencers in the City of Chicago and suburbs who volunteer to fundraise and support the work of the YWCA. Click here for more information about the Ambassadors Council.