24 - hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 405-917-9922 or 24 - hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 405-943-7273

Get Involved

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Domestic Violence
Sexual Assault
Resale Shop
Administrative
Community Outreach
Special Events
Group Activities

Domestic Violence

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.

Through the initial volunteer training, Passageway Shelter volunteers learn about domestic violence from many perspectives, including: advocacy based counseling, cycle of violence and how domestic violence affects children. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of continuing education per year. 

Group Facilitator
Through support groups and education, survivors of all ages learn to regain control of their lives in the aftermath of trauma. Volunteers will co-facilitate groups for domestic violence and batterer’s intervention. A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or a related field is required.

Economic Empowerment Program Volunteer
The Economic Empowerment Program provides educational opportunities for women moving toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers assist women pursuing financial independence and personal growth through education, support, skill training and mentorship.

Prevention Education Volunteer
The YWCA works to break the cycle of violence by providing thousands of young people with education and resources on the sensitive issues surrounding sexual assault and dating and family violence. In an effort to prevent rape and dating violence, and to change the general attitudes towards victims of rape, interactive scenarios are presented to students in schools, churches, businesses and community organizations. Volunteers will present using a curriculum provided by the YWCA. Prevention Education volunteers will most often work during school hours or within after-school programs.

Sexual Assault

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.

Hospital Advocacy
Hospital Advocate volunteers are available 24 hours a day to meet survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the emergency rooms of Metro hospitals and law enforcement agencies. These volunteers provide support to survivors when they are most vulnerable and experiencing crisis. A minimum six-month and 8 hours per month volunteer commitment is requested and an additional 8 hour training is required.

Prevention Education Volunteer
The YWCA works to break the cycle of violence by providing thousands of young people with education and resources on the sensitive issues surrounding sexual assault and dating and family violence. In an effort to prevent rape and dating violence, and to change the general attitudes towards victims of rape, interactive scenarios are presented to students in schools, churches, businesses and community organizations. Volunteers will present using a curriculum provided by the YWCA. Prevention Education volunteers will most often work during school hours or within after-school programs.

Resale Shop

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.

Our Sisters’ Closet Volunteer
Volunteers help sort, clean, merchandise and display items at the YWCA’s resale shop. The store is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Administrative Volunteers

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.

Office Support
Administrative volunteers help with typing, word processing, bulk mailings (folding, stapling, labeling), running the copier, collating and other clerical needs. Staff will explain all work and is available for additional instruction. Administrative volunteers work during normal office hours.

Transport Clients
Volunteers use the YWCA van to transport clients to appointments, Our Sisters’ Closet or McFarland.

Community Outreach

In addition to providing crisis services, we strive to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and the YWCA services.

Speaker’s Bureau
Volunteers attend community events and speaking engagements as ambassadors of the YWCA. Community Outreach volunteers provide information about services and programs available at the YWCA and educate the public about domestic and sexual violence. Training and resource materials are available for presentations.

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.
Volunteers are also needed on the day of most events to help decorate, deliver and pick up items, assemble centerpieces, prepare the tables and more. Development and Communication staff is happy to work with volunteers throughout the year to discuss interests and availability.

Group Activities

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.
Beautification projects- help keep up the YWCA’s curb appeal- yard work, planting flowers, pick up trash, fix fences, etc.