YWCA Lower Cape Fear

Volunteer Opportunities

General

 
The administrative staff provides support to YWCA programs, committees, and the Board of Directors. We offer a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to volunteers who wish to utilize their clerical expertise.  Clerical volunteers help with shredding, word processing, bulk mailings (folding, stapling, labeling), running the copier, collating, and other needs. The staff provides instruction for all work and is available for additional questions. Clerical volunteers work during normal office hours, with an emphasis on certain times of the year. 

There are both outdoor and indoor opportunities to assist our Facilities Manager with maintaining the grounds and offices of the YWCA. If you like the outdoors, you can help water plants, removal of invasive species of plants and weeds, and parking lot and yard clean up. We also welcome volunteers who are able to mow and rake the yard. Volunteers are also needed to help the janitorial staff keep the YWCA interior spaces clean. Cleaning can include, but is not limited to, dusting, sweeping, window washing, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing and painting the inside of the building.

 
 
After School & Summer Camp Program
 
Volunteer Teacher assistants and Tutors are needed to help our teachers in the classroom and program participants with homework, snack and other activities. We encourage volunteers to participate in planned activities for the children, whether it be arts and crafts, sports or educational games. The YWCA After School Program runs from 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday thru Friday. Summer Camp runs all day throughout the New Hanover County summer break, from 7 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday. Interested individuals must pass a criminal background check and TB test in order to be eligible for the program. Learn more...

 

Reach

Reach is an expressive arts program that combines artistic exploration with group and individual therapy to assist middle school girls in obtaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world. We are seeking volunteers for the fall to facilitate group discussions, provide case management or art therapy, engage in workshops for the students, teach arts programs, or act as a mentor to the teen participants. Volunteers are needed to facilitate Girls' Circle groups, built on a research-based model proven to increase girls' self-efficacy, body image and social support. Facilitators must enjoy working with adolescent girls and follow the Girls' Circle required models. Learn more...

 

The Bubble

 The Bubble at the YWCA Pool allows us to offer our aquatics programs year-round. Every April we remove the bubble for open air swimming during the summer months, and we then put the bubble back up in September to protect our swimmers from the cooler temps in the late fall and winter months. Taking down and putting up the Bubble is the perfect volunteer opportunity for large groups, companies looking for a one-day team building project, and able-bodied individuals! It takes approximately 60 people to make light work of this task. Refreshments are provided for all participants. 

Note: This activity is outdoors and physical labor involved, so please take that into mind when signing up. 

 

Grandparent Support Network

GSN is a support group for grandparents who are providing full time care to their grandchildren. At group, caregivers are given needed respite and share strengths, challenges and resources with one another, with guidance from a professional facilitator. Guest speakers provide education on relevant topics. Children meet with mentors for academic and social support and are grouped by age to participate in social and emotional skill building groups and physical activities. We are always looking for volunteers to mentor and provide enriching activities, and tutor children, as well as share relevant information and assistance to our participating grandparents. Volunteer training is held in August of each year. Learn more...

 

What's Wrong With Different? 

"What's Wrong With Different?" is a YWCA USA Hallmark Initiative program for third grade students in New Hanover County Schools. The program was developed by the YWCA Lower Cape Fear as a hands-on approach to teach students to value, appreciate and respect the differences between people, rather than to view a person who is different as inferior. Volunteers are trained on the curriculum and facilitate the program in local classrooms throughout the school year. Learn more...

 

Special Events
 
The YWCA hosts many events throughout the year that support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. If you like event planning, then this is the volunteer position for you!
  • Women of Achievement: The Women of Achievement Awards is the YWCA's annual signature fundraising event. Over 600 community leaders gather to honor women and young leaders in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties. Volunteers help with preparing decorations & arrangements, invitations, and other activities as related to event planning. Individuals are also encouraged to be Women of Achievement Committee Members, this committee plans all aspects of the celebration from the nominee selection process, to the dinner, to contacting sponsors.  Planning begins in the fall and committees meet monthly until the event in spring. Learn more....
  • Stand Against Racism: The Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. The event encompasses a number of partner events leading up to the nation-wide Stand Against Racism. Committee members and volunteers are asked to assist with sponsorships, planning and promotion of the event. Planning begins in the winter and committees meet monthly until the event at the end of April. Learn more....
  • Potluck for Peace: These quarterly-held potlucks are an effort to impact peaceful change in the community through food, fellowship, and enriching dialogue. By combining a wide variety of community members, we hope to create a powerful conversation about change, acceptance, and awareness. Volunteers assist in the planning and setup of the events. Learn more...
  • Week Without Violence: Every year during the third week of October, YWCAs from all over the world promote and encourage a Week without Violence – a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a world free of violence. Planning begins in the summer and committees meet monthly until the event in the fall. Learn more...
 
Communications
 
Volunteers are always welcome to assist in spreading the word about the great programs offered at the YWCA. Duties include assistance with printed materials, social media, e-newsletters and website maintenance.  If you have a passion for communications, marketing, or advertising, this is the opportunity for you!  
 
Grant Writer
 
The YWCA has a full grant schedule crucial to maintaining funding sources for our diverse programs. An individual is needed to help research and write grants throughout the year.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Experience with the YWCA and/or grant writing is a plus!
 
Board of Directors
 
Board members are responsible for setting the overall policies of the organization to be certain they reflect our commitment to the YWCA mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.  The Board also helps raise funds to support the work of the agency, and it manages all YWCA assets.  According to the national and local YWCA by-laws, only women can serve on the Board of Directors.  Board Members attend approximately 10 Board Meetings each year, and work on at least one committee or subcommittee, whose work involves 2-4 hours per month.
 
Each year the Board appoints a Nominating Committee to develop and present a slate of Board Members to be voted on at the YWCA Annual Meeting during the first quarter.  Before being elected to the Board, members typically gain experience with the YWCA by serving as program volunteers, participating on a Board Committee, or helping out with special events.  Inquiries concerning Board service are forwarded to the Chair of the Nominating Committee. Learn more...
 
Board Committees
 
The Board delegates many responsibilities to committees.  Each committee has a special job to accomplish.  Committees generally meet monthly, with specific tasks requiring additional time.  On average, committee involvement takes 2-4 hours per month. Committees usually include a mixture of Board Members and community volunteers. Committee volunteers typically have personal or professional experience related to the responsibilities of the committee, though this is not always required.  Inquiries concerning committee service are forwarded to the Committee Chair for consideration when an opening occurs
 

To register for any of our programs volunteer openings, please fill out the linked application below and email your completed form to Lauren McConville, YWCA Communications Manager.