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"Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." - Unknown
Volunteer support provides the backbone of all YWCA activities. Like most non-profits, the YWCA relies heavily on the creativity, energy and commitment of volunteers to help provide resources, offer important services to our clients, and guide the organization's strategic vision.
If you are interested in offering your time and talents to serve, please fill out the Volunteer Sign Up Form or contact Volunteer Coodinator Jennifer Timmer at 616-451-2744
Board of Directors
YWCA West Central Michigan board members are elected to serve terms of 3 years and are charged with the governance and oversight of the organization. Potential members are selected by the YWCA Board Governance Committee, a rotating group of community leaders and long-time YWCA volunteers, for consideration by the voting membership of the YWCA. Potential board members are identified based on a proven commitment to the YWCA mission — to Eliminating Racism Empowering Women and Girls; Promoting Peace, Justice, Freedom and Dignity For All — and their ability to support the organization as it works to meet that mission.
Along with the Board President, the CEO, and the Vice President of Operations, the YWCA Finance Committee provides leadership for experienced management of YWCA financial resources. The Committee is comprised of board members, YWCA staff, and community volunteers with experience and expertise in the financial industry, it meets on a monthly basis.
Sexual Assault Advisory Committee
Sexual Assault Advisory Committee meets quarterly to address the needs of sexual assault survivors in our community and how the YWCA's programming is meeting those needs. The Committee is comprised of law enforcement, prosecution, forensic scientists, medical personnel and victim advocates working in the area of sexual assault.
Domestic Violence Services
More than 500 women and children come through our emergency shelter each year. Our top priority is keeping these victims of domestic violence safe and in an environment that promotes healing on their journeys toward recovery. To better serve our residents, volunteers interested in serving at the shelter are required to make a six month commitment and complete a 30 hour new service provider training.
Some special volunteer projects are available that do not involve being in direct contact with residents, such as springtime gardening to help make our shelter a welcoming home. Training is not required for these opportunities.
Volunteer Advocates provide support to victims of sexual assault and/or their family members through the YWCA's 24-hour crisis telephone line, outreach to hospital emergency departments, or the YWCA Nurse Examiner program. Volunteers are on-call two shifts per month, must be good listeners, and have reliable personal transportation. We ask for a one-year commitment from our Volunteer Advocates. Many of our volunteers have been with the program for several years. A 30-hour new service provider training is required for those interested. Training is offered quarterly during business hours
TRIBUTE! Steering Committee
Since its inaugural year in 1977, the YWCA TRIBUTE! Awards has honored over 175 women for their efforts, perseverance and commitment to making our community a better place to live. Committee members will be asked to:
- Identify and secure financial resources that might be available to the YWCA to help increase TRIBUTE! revenue and YWCA visibility.
- Provide ideas and suggestions to help make the TRIBUTE! luncheon more interesting, diverse and financially successful.
- Attend committee meetings and volunteer as needed at the TRIBUTE! Awards Luncheon.
Open Circle Luncheon Table Captain (formerly Circle of Women)
The YWCA's Open Circle luncheon is an invitation-only fundraiser attended by women and men committed to empowering women and girls. It traditionally features a moving testimonial by an individual whose life has been positively impacted by the YWCA and offers guests the opportunity to significantly support critical YWCA services. Captains will be asked to:
- Secure a minimum of 9 guests to give a gift of at least $100 each at the YWCA Open Circle luncheon.
- Act as host/ hostess for your table guests at the luncheon and educate them about the YWCA.
- Attend one table captain orientation meeting and the Open Circle luncheon.
- Identify and secure at least one individual from your guests who will become a table captain in the following year.
YWCA Fund Development Committee
Along with the board chairperson, the CEO and the development officer, the YWCA Fund Development Committee provides leadership for involving the board in fund raising and works with staff to develop the fund-raising plan. Committee members will be asked to:
- Work with staff to develop and implement annual development plan
- Help develop policies and procedures for board action related to gift solicitation and recognition
- Help to develop plans and procedures to involve the entire board in fund raising
- Help to develop strategies for involvement and cultivation of major gift prospects
- Serve as a source of information on the factors affecting fund raising among the YWCA's constituencies
- Help to evaluate the potential of prospects for increased levels of contributions
- Involve other board members and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation
- Solicit gifts at the various levels required for annual, special and planned giving programs