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.


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

  • Cindy Nesselroad
  • Katie Carlson
    Vice President
  • Michelle Cares
  • Miranda Ming
  • Annie Belcourt
    Member At-Large
  • Jennifer Clark
    Member At-Large
  • Sabrina Donahue
    Member At-Large
  • Deirdre Flaherty
    Immediate Past President
  • Shawn Gray
    Member At-Large
  • Natalie Jaeger
    Member At-Large
  • Helia Jazayeri
    Member At-Large
  • Chuad Johnson
    Member At-Large
  • Hailey Michelson
    Member At-Large
  • Holly Ondrasek
    Member At-Large
  • Shannon Parsons
    Member At-Large
  • Cathy Powell
    Member At-Large
  • Sally Weaver
    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 GUTS! Facilitators in Arlee (2 positions)


  • 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.


  • 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.

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

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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