Through the generosity of individuals, businesses and groups, the YWCA is able to address the needs of families in our community. Volunteers contribute unique talents, skills and knowledge that assist the YWCA in achieving our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
The YWCA Oklahoma City requires Crisis Services Training for nearly all volunteers. This training consists of seven evening classes, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. each night, covering topics related to the services provided by the YWCA.For information on the next Crisis Services Training, please click here.
Passageway shelter provides a safe, supportive environment for women and children in crisis. Domestic violence services include a safe confidential shelter, legal advocacy, life skills, health services, community based support groups, children’s programs and community education. Volunteers may provide advocacy to shelter residents and assist in clerical work around the office.
Economic Empowerment Program Volunteer
Prevention Education Volunteer
The mission of the Rape Crisis Center is to lessen the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. Volunteer hospital advocates offer non-judgmental support, information and referrals for victim/survivors who have experienced sexual assault recently or in the past. YWCA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) are trained in the proper collection, preservation and documentation of evidence. They offer a unique contribution to forensic investigators by providing a comprehensive, objective physical examination for victims of sexual assault.
Volunteers provide advocacy for all victims during medical exams, law enforcement interviews and throughout the criminal justice process. They support the victim/survivor’s emotional healing process by providing support and education, safety planning, crisis intervention and listening with compassion.
Prevention Education Volunteer
Our Sisters’ Closet, located at 6012 S. Western in South Oklahoma City, is a new, sustainable source of revenue for YWCA programs that offers help to hurting women and children in Oklahoma. Additionally, Our Sisters’ Closet simplifies the process of providing those we serve with the items they need.
Administrative volunteers provide integral support to the YWCA staff "behind the scenes." These volunteers assist with general office duties and seasonal projects such as special events and funding campaigns.
In addition to providing crisis services, we strive to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and the YWCA services.
Special Event Volunteers
The YWCA Development and Communications Department, which includes special events, donor relations and communications, is a great choice for volunteers who might not have the time for sustained and regular training and volunteering. Volunteers can join steering committees for YWCA events, which typically meet once a month beginning several months before the event.
If you are a member of a group, organization, company or club and would like your group to participate in one-time or continuing projects, we can help you get involved. Please see the list below for a few suggestions:
Adopt-A-Room- repaint and redecorate one of our shelter rooms.
Throw a party/ host a game night – have a party – use a national holiday, organize bingo or make up your own theme. We can provide the space and assist with the supervision, invite the children and their moms.
Create personal care bags –Often women who come into our shelter come with very little personal items. Shelter staff provides them with personal care bags that include all the essentials.
General painting – How many in your group? How long would you like to stay? We can find a room or hallway for you! It will require some arrangement, so prior planning is requested.