YWCA Lower Cape Fear

Volunteer

Placement Opportunities
 
 
Administrative and Clerical
 
The clerical staff provides support to YWCA programs, committees, and the Board of Directors.  We offer a 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 clerical staff explains all work and is available for additional instruction.  Clerical volunteers work during normal office hours with an emphasis on certain times of the year.
 
 
After School
 
Assistant Teacher/ Tutor- Volunteers are needed to help teacher and program participants with homework, snack and other activities.  We encourage volunteers to plan acitivities for the children, whether it be arts and crafts, sports or educational games.  The YWCA After School Program runs from 3-6 pm, Monday- Friday; we are flexible with volunteers' schedules. Interested individuals must pass a criminal background check and TB test.
 
Special Events
 
The YWCA hosts many events throughout the year.  Some of our events include Stand Against Racism, Women of Achievement and more.  If you like event planning then this is the volunteer position for you!
 
Cape Fear Women of Achievement- This is the YWCA's signature fundraising event.  Over 600 community leaders gather to honor women and teen leaders in Brunswick, New Hanover Columbus, and Pender counties.  Volunteers are needed to help with decorations and invitations before the event in May.  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 September and committees meet monthly until the event in May.
 
Girls Circle
 
Girls Circle is built on a research-based model proven to increase girls' self-efficacy, body image and social support.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate Girls Circle groups or guest speak for a current group.  Faciliators must enjoy working with adolescent girls and abide by Girls Circle requirements.  Training and materials are provided for all individuals interested.  Guest speakers are encouraged to share their expertise on a certain topic or hobby during one Girls Circle session. You go girl! 
 
Communications
 
Volunteers are always welcome to assist the Fund Development Director spread the word about the great programs offered at the YWCA.  The Fund Development Director can use assistance with printed materials, social media, enewsletters and website maintenance.  If you have a passion for communications, this is the opportunity for you!  
 
Grant Writer
 
The YWCA has a full grant schedule each year.  An individual is needed to help research and write grants throughout the year.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required and experience with the YWCA and/or grant writing is a plus!
 
Landscaping
 
There is a need for persons who enjoy working outdoors. Work includes watering plants and the removal of invasive species of plants and weeds.  We also welcome volunteers who may be able to mow and rake the yard.
 
Maintenance
 
Volunteers are needed to help the janitorial staff keep the YWCA campus clean.  Cleaning can include, but is not limited to, dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing and painting the inside of the building.  Outside work includes parking lot and yard clean up. 
 
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.
 
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
 

 

For more information on any of these opportunities, or to get started, please contact: YWCA Assistant Executive Director, Katie Tate, at 910.799.6820 or astexd@ywca-lowercapefear.org.