The YWCA Missoula is a mighty force of roughly 50 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.

Help Run Trade Workshops for Girls

YWCA Missoula GUTS! Program, GRIT (Girls Representing in Trades), is looking for volunteers with and without trade experience to help with 2018 workshops. To apply, complete online application here, or complete application below and submit to Roe at [email protected] or 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802.

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 Lyndayle at [email protected].


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 Pam at [email protected].

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! Orientation dates: Thursday, September 6th, 4:30-6pm OR Monday, September 10th, 11:30-1pm

AND GUTS! training: Wednesday, September 12th @ 5:30-8:30

* Orientation and training will take place at YWCA Missoula. Both orientation and training are required. Make-up orientation/trainings can be arranged with prior notice.*

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

YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, [email protected]

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, call (406) 543-6691.

Service Saturdays

Get a group together and volunteer on Saturday. Groups must be 4-6 people max, and all individuals must be 16 years or older. Interested? Call (406) 543-6691

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 Alex at [email protected].

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. Give us a call at (406) 543-6691.

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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