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 40 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.

History

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.

Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Miranda Ming
    President
  • Cathy Powell
    Vice President
  • Shannon Parsons
    Secretary
  • Jenny Clark
    Treasurer
  • Carol Allen
    Ex-Officio
  • Michelle Cares
    Member At-Large
  • Rachel Dierken
    Member At-Large
  • Sabrina Donahue
    Member At-Large
  • Danielle Gornick
    Member At-Large
  • Shawn Gray
    Member At-Large
  • Anne Jablonski
    Member At-Large
  • Natalie Jaeger
    Member At-Large
  • Helia Jazayeri
    Member At-Large
  • Chuad Johnson
    Member At-Large
  • Ali Kelly
    Member At-Large
  • Hailey Michelson
    Member At-Large
  • Cindy Nesselroad
    Immediate Past President
  • Sally Weaver
    Member At-Large

Financials

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.

Employment

YWCA Missoula is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator

PARTIAL LIST OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or HiSET equivalency diploma required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience preferred.
  • Experience working domestic violence and/or sexual assault required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations.
  • Ability to be assertive and apply conflict management techniques.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other staff, agencies and professionals in the community.
  • Willingness to take responsibility for his/her part in communication breakdowns and to work toward resolution of resulting problems.
  • Current driver’s license, acceptable driving record and proof of automobile insurance in compliance with Montana state law.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interest of families served by YWCA programs.

PARTIAL LIST OF DUTIES

  • Coordinates recruitment, selection and evaluation of volunteers for YWCA programs.
  • Maintain volunteer database.
  • Oversees retention efforts for the YWCA volunteer program including volunteer appreciation events, volunteer meetings, and volunteer newsletters.
  • Develops and maintains Volunteer Management policy and procedure manual.
  • Represents the YWCA in the community, including public speaking engagements.
  • Keeps accurate and updated records on each volunteer, including hours worked.
  • Develops, administers, and assesses evaluations for the volunteer program including training evaluations, advocate evaluations of the program, individual advocate evaluations, and crisis-line evaluations.
  • Responsible for volunteer scheduling for shelter, crisis line, walk-ins, and works with clinical coordinator as needed to ensure First Step shifts are covered.  Assists with group and children’s program volunteer scheduling as needed.
  • Develops and maintains accurate and updated weekly schedule of Pathways volunteers.

HOURS/DAYS: Part time, 25 hours per week, to be discussed at interview.
WAGE: $12.00/hour.
DEGREE: High school diploma or HiSET equivalency diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience preferred.
BENEFITS: Employee filling this role has access to benefits including vacation time, holiday pay, health, dental, vision, life insurance and FLEX.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Monday, February 25, 2019.

Referral Instructions
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected].
-In person at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
-By mail at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802

For questions call:
(406) 543-6691 and speak with Pam Koepplin.

 

YWCA Missoula is looking for a Part-Time Pathways Advocate

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of YWCA advocate training
  • Crisis line and response experience preferred
  • Reliable phone for contact with volunteers during weekend relief shifts
  • Consistent availability on evenings/weekends
  • High school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Current Montana driver’s license and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana state law.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interest of women and children served by the YWCA programs.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of individuals, including clients, 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.

DUTIES- PARTIAL LIST

  • Provides guidance and support to the volunteer advocate staff
  • Meets potential residents; provides intake screening and placement into Shelter during shift.
  • Provides trauma-centered and survivor-focused advocacy to residents in the shelter.
  • Facilitates resolution with crises that may arise during the shift.
  • Provides trauma-centered and survivor-focused crisis counseling and support as needed at the Shelter.
  • Facilitates problem solving with residents as issues arise in the Shelter.
  • Communicates to the house meeting facilitator any concerns/issues to be addressed in meetings; facilitates meetings upon request.
  • Maintains confidential written client files as needed.

HOURS/DAYS: Part-time, 20 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview. This position will work weekends regularly.
WAGE: $14.00/hour.
DEGREE: High School diploma or HiSET Equivalency diploma required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
BENEFITS: Employee filling this role has access to benefits including vacation time, holiday pay, health, dental, vision, life insurance and FLEX.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Friday, February 22, 2019.

Referral Instructions
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected].
-In person at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
-By mail at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802

For questions call:
(406) 543-6691 and speak with Pam Koepplin.

 

YWCA Missoula is looking for GUTS! Facilitators in Arlee (2 positions)

PARTIAL LIST OF QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience in facilitation, teamwork preferred.
  • Experience working with youth preferred.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other facilitators and with school professionals
  • An understanding of the cultural nature of oppression and its effects on individuals, particularly girls, women, young people, people of color and indigenous people.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interest of women and children served by the YWCA programs.

PARTIAL LIST OF DUTIES:

  • Co -facilitate a weekly after-school or lunchtime group at Arlee Junior High with 5-12 young people who identify with girlhood or who believe participation in this program will benefit them.
  • Implement YWCA GUTS curriculum.
  • Foster the growth of participants and encourage them to develop as leaders through mentorship, group activities, and projects.
  • Participate in 5 hours of GUTS group facilitator training
  • Dedicate around 2-3 hours each week (including travel and planning time) for 10-12 weeks beginning mid-February and running until mid-May.

HOURS/DAYS: Pay is $400 for  11-12 weeks ( 2-3 hours per week). Schedule is to be determined based on availability.
BENEFITS: No access to benefits.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Thursday, January 17, 2018.

Referral Instructions
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected].
-In person at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
-By mail at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802

For questions call:
(406) 543-6691 and speak with Roe

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