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.
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 had been an issue in the communities we serve even before the COVID-19 crisis. 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 – Woodlawn
Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays
12:00 – 1:00 PM
6600 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Brian Starr, our Team Captain on this important and worthwhile project, at email@example.com.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
8:00 – 11:00 AM
2055 West Army Trail Road, Suite 140
Addison, IL 60101
If you are interested in helping here, please contact Lourdes Lonergan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to have PPE available for all volunteers, but if at all possible, please plan on bringing your own mask and gloves.
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 work 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 (click here to apply). 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:
Project HELP Volunteer
Through home-based parent mentoring and community partnerships, Project HELP empowers parents within DuPage County and parts of Aurora to create a nurturing environment, thereby enhancing the opportunity for children to reach their full potential. Once you fill out the volunteer application for the Project HELP program, our Volunteer Specialist will reach out to you regarding our specific volunteer opportunities that match your skill-set and interests.
To fill out a volunteer application for the Project HELP program, please click here.
Fundraising and Events
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.