Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, YWCA Missoula is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA opens doors to opportunity and self-sufficiency for women and families facing poverty, violence and discrimination. With over 100 years of experience, the YWCA is the leading organization in Missoula for moving women and families out of crisis and empowering them to achieve lasting independence. The YWCA Missoula is a mighty force of roughly 50 paid staff, over 200 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.


In 2011, YWCA Missoula celebrated 100 years responding to the emerging issues facing women in the community. It is through this rich history filled with compassion and dedication to families in Missoula that we are able to continue our mission eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people in our community.

YWCA Historical Highlights:

YWCA Missoula was founded on April 5, 1911, as an agency whose purpose was working with high school girls. In 1927, the YWCA began providing services to women traveling across country by train in search of work. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, the YWCA created an employment program for women, offered life-skills classes, counseling, financial aid and food donations. In 1977, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter opened, with transitional housing following in 1988. Sexual assault services were added in 1997. The YWCA implemented a supervised visitation and exchange center a few years later. In 2004, the organization started its social marketing campaign to spark dialogue, reflection and transformation around racism. In 2007, GUTS! came on board, and in 2009, the YWCA took on Missoula’s only Emergency Housing program for homeless families.

Read on for an in-depth history of YWCA Missoula.


Board of Directors

  • Cathy Powell
  • Sabrina Donahue
    Vice President
  • Rachel Dierken
  • Jenny Clark
  • Danielle Gornick
    Member At-Large
  • Shawn Gray
    Member At-Large
  • Helia Jazayeri
    Member At-Large
  • Ali Kelly
    Member At-Large
  • Miranda Ming
    Immediate Past President
  • Cindy Nesselroad
    Member At-Large
  • Shannon Parsons
    Member At-Large


We believe great things happen because of people like you. Through charitable support, we will continue to see more individuals and families move towards safety, self sufficiency and empowerment. To learn more about YWCA Missoula, please view our Financial Report below.


YWCA Missoula is looking for a part-time Secret Seconds Store Clerk


• High school diploma or HiSET Equivalency Diploma required.
• Must have dependable vehicle, current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana state law.
• Must pass a background check designed to protect the interests of YWCA donors and clients.
• Ability to maintain confidential information.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of individuals, including clients, donors, peers and supervisors.
• Good work habits, including punctuality and ability to organize and manage time and information.
• Ability to accept, act on and offer constructive criticism.

• Waits on customers, receives donations, and writes receipts for donations.
• Sorts, prices, and displays merchandise.
• Projects a positive image of the YWCA, using effective public relations skills.
• Exhibits friendliness toward and consideration of YWCA employees, volunteers, participants, customers and the general public.
• Adheres to YWCA policies and guidelines.
• Acts as a responsible team member.
• In general, demonstrates energy and enthusiasm for her/his work.
• Demonstrates competence as an information source about the YWCA programs and other Missoula programs of similar interest.
• Exhibits an awareness of and ability to deal with diversity among people, including disabilities among clients, staff and customers.
• Displays a neat appearance and competent manner.
• Ability to lift 40+ pounds required.

HOURS/DAYS: Part time. Will work varied week days, evenings and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview. This position will work weekends.
WAGE: $10.50/hr.
DEGREE: High school diploma or HiSET Equivalency Diploma required.
BENEFITS: Employees filling these roles have access to benefits including paid holidays,paid vacation, health, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, supplemental insurance, parental leave and long term illness.

YWCA Missoula is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For complete job description visit the YWCA Website

For questions call:
(406) 549-1610 and speak with Jean

To apply:
-In person: Please bring resume and cover letter to 1136 W. Broadway, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.
-By email:  Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]
-By mail: Please send resume and cover letter to 1136 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802 Attn: Jean Vinson.