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 (Social Services)

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. Please note: this volunteer supports our administrative, programs and visitor entrance, they will not work at the Fitness Center’s Member Services Desk. 

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 (full)

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.
Opportunity full, applicants will be added to a waitlist.

Cleaning Specialist

Our housing programs provide 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. Help us by prepare for new families moving into YW housing by cleaning recently vacated units, and occasionally cleaning communal spaces where workshops and other trainings occur. The ideal volunteer loves to clean, work independently and has great attention to detail. 

Suggested investment:
Individual sessions will be coordinated by the Housing Manager as needed. 3 month commitment, preferred.
Volunteers are invited to bring their own supplies, or use supplies as provided.


Yard Maintenance Volunteer

Put your green thumb to good use by helping us maintain the yard space for our Transitional Housing Units. Our housing programs provide 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. By pulling weeds, planting flowers, and raking leaves, you’ll help beautify the green space where children in our program play. The ideal volunteer has the physical stamina to do physical work outdoors and is able to maintain confidentiality and respect for residents.

Suggested investment:
Schedule and time commitment is flexible.

Youth Tutor

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. Youth Tutors help youth with homework or practice reading while their parents participate in weekly development classes. Experience working with children and diverse cultures a plus! 

Suggested investment:
Thursdays from 6–7 p.m., volunteers are asked to commit to the entire school year.
We are always looking for children’s books that feature culturally diverse perspectives. 

Child Care Aide

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.

Meal Prep Volunteer

Prepare and serve a meal, and help with clean up, for families participating in the Thursday development workshops. Meal prep volunteers free up staff to work on educational and developmental workshops with the parents and children in our housing program. 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. 

Suggested investment:
Thursdays, 4–6:45 p.m. (time can be flexible)
Volunteers are welcome to provide a meal and/or in-kind donations of paper plates, silverware, paper cups and napkins in addition to their time.

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!