Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

For almost 120 years, YWCA St. Paul has been breaking down barriers and building up communitities thanks in part to volunteers like you! This important mission continues and we always have opportunities for how you, as an individual or in a group, can help us meet urgent community needs. See current needs below, and if you think there is another way you can assist, email us at: volunteer@ywcastpaul.org.

Individual Opportunities

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Administrative Property Assistant

YW’s Housing & Supportive Services programs provides homeless single-parents and their children with a safe, supportive place to stay as they participate in life skills training and stabilization services that prepare them for employment and stable housing in the community. Administrative Property Assistants help our Housing Manager assemble on-boarding documents and informative resources for new residents moving into YWCA housing properties.

Suggested investment:
Flexible between 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. 


Front Desk Receptionist

Help provide coverage for YWCA St. Paul’s front desk. The Front Desk Receptionist volunteer will answer phones, greet program clients, faxing and copying and other duties as they arise. This is a great role for someone who loves customer service and is comfortable working with a variety of people.

Suggested investment:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., preferably with a consistent schedule week to week.
Minimum 3 month commitment.


Shredding Assistant

Love to organize? Looking for a flexible, independent volunteer opportunity? Help YW safely destroy old documentation!

Suggested investment:
Flexible between 8 a.m. and  5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.

 

Child Care Aide (full)

The Transitional Housing Program provides homeless women and their children with a safe, supportive place to stay as they participate in life skills training and stabilization services that prepare them for employment and stable housing in the community. Child-centered programming and family enrichment activities, provided through the Children’s Program, help promote healthy child development and empower the family unit. Child care aids assist staff in preparing, implementing and leading age-appropriate activities in a safe atmosphere that promotes caring, fun and learning.

Suggested investment:
Thursdays from 6–8 p.m., minimum 3 month commitment.
Opportunity currently full, applicants will be added to a wait list. 

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Group Opportunities

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Provide a meal

Plan, purchase groceries and cook a meal for the families participating in the Thursday workshops. Prepared meals should contain a main dish with a fruit and vegetable on the side or included. Meals are prepared onsite.

Suggested investment:
1–3 volunteers needed
In-kind food donation items appreciated.
1 Thursday per month, 4–6:45 p.m. 

Reading to Children

Help us provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment in our Transitional Housing Program by assisting with reading to children. Groups are able to read to children ages K-5 and provide books for them.

Your help gives parents in the program an opportunity to attend workshops and move toward self-sufficiency.

Suggested investment:
3 volunteers
Please plan to bring about 30 children’s books. Children will select a book to take home after the reading. 
1 Thursday per month, 6–8 p.m.

Adopt a Unit

Individuals/Groups are able to adopt an apartment/unit and assist with preparing the space after a tenant moves out for a new family. This includes cleaning, painting, waxing floors and minor repairs.

Suggested Investment:
5–8 volunteers
In-kind supply donation items appreciated.
1 day/month (based on move-out dates), 5–8 hour commitment

Welcome Baskets

Many of the families in our housing programs come to us from shelter or from having no home at all. By providing essential items and assembling a welcome basket, you can welcome a family in our community to a new home and a new life.  All items should be new and unopened (a recommended supply list will be provided by YW).

Suggested investment:
15–20 volunteers
In-kind supply donation items appreciated.
Seasonal (based on need), 2–4 hour commitment

Create Your Own

Do you have a skill set or idea not listed here? Email volunteer@ywcastpaul.org with a short proposal of how your group would like to volunteer.

Interested in volunteering? Don’t see an opportunity that excites you? Get in touch at volunteer@ywcastpaul.org to let us know how you’d like to get involved!