The YWCA Missoula is a mighty force of roughly 40 paid staff, over 300 volunteers, members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps VISTA, and practicum and intern students. We depend on the individuals in this force to carry out the YWCA mission. In return, we will build leadership from within and promote leadership skills on all levels of the organization. The dedication of our volunteers is what allows the YWCA to serve the women and children who need our help, 24 hours a day. The best way for you to figure out how and where you would like to volunteer is to take a tour of our mission and programs.

Advocate for Survivors

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Want to answer our 24-hour crisis line or work at the shelter? Pathways volunteers join our team of advocates in providing crisis intervention and emotional support to women, children and men survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 35-hour professional-caliber training required. If you are interested in becoming an Advocate, email Maria at

Our next Advocate Training starts September 6. Stay tuned for the Fall schedule!

Help the Children

Relationship and family violence deeply impacts children, who are often forced to become little adults as they try to keep their family safe. These kids are in need of adult role models who can show them alternatives to violence in a safe and caring atmosphere. To volunteer with children living at the shelter or attending support groups, email Maria at

Learn more about the YWCA’s Children’s Program

Volunteer with Girls (Ages 9-18)

A leadership program of YWCA Missoula, GUTS! is a unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women, ages 9 to 18.

Action Group Facilitators lead weekly Action Groups made up of girls from Missoula’s elementary, middle and high schools. A GUTS! Action Group Facilitator must be a creative, caring, supportive, open-minded and dedicated woman, committed to creating a safe environment for girls to discuss real issues in their lives. The facilitator supports the girls in discovering their strengths, developing their leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change. Plus, she must have a great sense of humor and be willing to have tons of fun!

A facilitator must also:

  1. Make a commitment to volunteer for at least an entire semester (February-May) and preferably an entire year.
  2. Participate in two, three-hour Action Group Facilitator trainings at the YWCA.
  3. Attend each scheduled weekly Action Group.
  4. Attend monthly volunteer meetings.
  5. Be on time to all scheduled groups, meetings, and community adventures.
  6. Come well prepared with activities, points of discussion, materials, etc.
  7. Create a supportive, respectful, open, comfortable, and fun learning environment.
  8. Keep in good communication with co-facilitator, GUTS! staff, and School/Flagship coordinator.
  9. Keep a time card of volunteer hours and a brief description of main events, challenges, and successes of each group.
  10. Fill out all evaluation forms provided and return to GUTS! staff by the end of each semester’s Action Group.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth.
  • Knowledge of and interest in women’s and/or environmental issues.
  • Experience facilitating groups.
  • Outdoor skills (canoeing, skiing, rock-climbing, gardening, plant identification, etc.).
  • Indoor skills (art, music, dance, bike maintenance, graphic design, etc.).

GUTS! training dates and times are TBD

Applications can be dropped off, emailed, or faxed to:

YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway,

phone: 406-543-6691 fax: 406-543-6777

Secret Seconds Thrift Stores

Help sort, price, organize, and serve customers at our Secret Seconds Thrift Stores. For more information and to get involved, contact Maria at (406)543-6691 or

Service Sundays

Every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. we will host small groups of volunteers to help out at our Secret Seconds stores. We feed you breakfast, and each individual receives 10 dollars in store credit. Groups must be 4-6 people max, and all individuals must be 16 years or older. Interested? Contact Maria at


YWCA Retail and Customer Service Program

The YWCA Missoula Retail and Customer Service Program is an exciting 4-week, part-time (40 hours) job skills training and employment program. The ultimate goal of the job skills training program is for trainees to learn a set of vocational skills, so they will have more opportunities to become employable. Designed to replicate the expectations of a professional work environment, the training prepares participants with both the technical and job readiness skills to succeed. We combine classroom and on-the-job training at our Secret Seconds locations, and engage in long-term job skills attainment and support to ensure success.

To Apply:

  1. Call Lili at 406-543-6691 to schedule an Information Session.
  2. At the Information Session, you will learn more about the program, complete an application, take an assessment, and interview with staff.
  3. If accepted, we will work with you on the next steps.

Become an Ambassador

Do you want to share your excitement and enthusiasm about YWCA Missoula? Become a YWCA Ambassador! Ambassadors invite their network to attend one of our monthly “ywconnects” tours where they can learn about us and maybe even find their passion. We are always looking for new Ambassadors who are committed to helping us spread the good word about the YWCA. Interested? Contact Maria at

Foster A Pet

The YWCA is seeking pet advocates for survivors of domestic violence and homeless families. Pet advocates foster pets for up to 60 days. The Humane Society of Western Montana provides food and vaccinations as needed. If you are interested in becoming a pet advocate and attending the training, please contact us at (406) 543-6691.

Share Your Passion

Occasionally we need amazing volunteers to fulfill needs outside our normal volunteer opportunities such as cooking meals for families attending our support groups, greeting people and answering phones at the front desk, or helping with yard work and simple maintenance on our buildings.

If you have a passion for our mission, we are happy to put you to work.

Contact Maria at to learn more about alternative ways you can support the YWCA.

Tour YWCA Missoula

Unsure about how you might want to get involved? The best way for you to figure out how and where you would like to volunteer is to take a tour of our mission and programs.

Make A Donation

Too busy to give your time? You can still support the important work of YWCA Missoula. Your tax-deductible donation will help us end domestic and sexual violence, change the lives of homeless women and children for the better, and transform the community so that all people have peace, justice, freedom, and dignity.

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