Volunteers at the YWCA St. Paul help to meet urgent community needs. Whether you choose to offer homework assistance, lead a skill building workshop or help job seekers to practice interviewing – you’ll play a role in keeping kids on a positive path, helping families to overcome homelessness and supporting those trying to move from welfare to work.
Short term and ongoing opportunities are available for individuals and groups.
Opportunities for Individuals
Housing & Supportive Services
Child Care Aide P.M. KIDS
Play with kids! Help us provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment for children in our Transitional Housing Program. Play, read, make art and rock babies. Your help gives moms in the program an opportunity to attend workshops and move toward self-sufficiency. Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Job Coach P.M.
Help empower participants in our Transitional Housing Program to advance in their current career and gain self esteem in the work place and/or educational setting. During one-on-one meetings, assist participants with planning for their future in career and educational advancement and provide insight about organizational culture. One time or long term commitments available on Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Life Skills Instructor P.M.
Share your expertise and know-how with women in the Transitional Housing Program. Past volunteer-lead workshops include: journaling, child development, health and nutrition, resume writing, relaxation techniques and wardrobe planning. Do you have a special skill or knowledge to share? Workshops are held on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings.
Youth Development Assistant KIDS
Assist in preparing and implementing curriculum for children in a safe environment. Hours are M-Th 3:00-5:00 pm.
Youth Development Instructor/Group Leader KIDS
Share your knowledge in a subject by teaching youth during after-school hours. Topics for instruction include dance, art, yoga, fitness, cooking, music, science, sewing, and creative writing. See full description for entire list of topics. Hours are M-Th 2:35-5:15 pm.
Program Assistant - IMPACT
Assist staff in helping youth gain firsthand knowledge of the world of work and life skills, confront challenges faced by job seekers, and obtain the skills needed to retain employment and succeed in life. Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm.
Program Assistant - Youth Achievers Program KIDS
Volunteers provide program support by tutoring and mentoring youth, ages 7-14 and assisting with individual and group enrichment activities. Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm.
Tutor Assistant KIDS
Assist youth grades K-8 in enhancing their academic skills (math and literacy focus). Use proven techniques and curriculum to improve reading and math abilities and decrease the number of young people who are falling behind in their academic skills. Monday-Thursday, 2:00-5:00 pm.
Project Specialist KIDS
Put your unique talents and interest to good use! Design and implement a project for youth in one of our after-school programs. Topics include: studio arts, performance arts, sports and recreation, conflict management or applying academics to the real world. Flexible time commitment. Contact the HR Generalist for more info.
Health & Wellness
Kids Care Assistant P.M. KIDS
Help care children while parents work out. Volunteers who work 4 shifts per month earn free membership. Morning, day and evening shifts available.
Assist management staff with projects and events in the Health & Fitness Center's major programming areas: Aerobics, Aquatics, Land-based and Specialty classes and Personal Training. Morning and day shifts available.
Employment & Economic Development
Computer Lab Assistant
Assist participants with computer lab usage, job search tools, and email functions. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 -11:30 am.
Opportunities for Groups
Host an activity or field trip for kids, help with spring cleaning or paint a programming space. There are a variety of ways your group can get involved. Contact the HR Generalist for details.
If you are interested in helping out with a special event or short-term project as an individual or group, contact our HR Generalist. Past special projects have included painting a child-care center, assembling journals for youth programs, sponsoring a field trip and leading arts and crafts activities for children in our Transitional Housing Program. We're open to your ideas — contact us!