celebrating 125 years


Our dedicated and reliable volunteers are critical in helping us achieve our mission. Ready to get started? Fill out our group volunteer or individual volunteer application and send it to
Leigh Busby, our Development & Outreach Manager at lbusby@ywcarichmond.org or via fax at (804) 643-1314. Want to organize a donation drive? Great! Use our donation form.

opportunities requiring training

The following opportunities working directly with those we serve require training provided by the YWCA. Training varies based on the volunteer role and we’ll hold our next full training in May. Please email or call Leigh Busby at lbusby@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 980-7291 to find out more details.

regional hospital accompaniment response team (R-HART)

Be a shoulder to lean on when someone needs it most. In this position, you're trained to respond to the hospital for community members who have experienced sexual or domestic violence. Volunteers provide information, referrals, and support. The volunteer shifts are
8am-4pm, 4pm-12am, and 12am-8am. Volunteers are asked to be on-call during their shifts. This volunteer opportunity is also a chance to work on a regional team of volunteer advocates which includes staff and volunteers from Hanover Safe Place and Safe Harbor.

The RHART program has recently been named the recipient of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance's Nexus Award for creating a high level of cooperation among members of the justice system and/or other systems within our local community.
The program exemplifies the collaboration and unity of purpose in bringing together diverse individuals and disciplines to create a community that promotes safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators.The following opportunities require 32 hours of training in accordance with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.


Both our domestic and sexual violence programming begin with our 24/7 emergency hotline. Volunteers are trained to offer support, provide relevant referrals, and complete assessments to determine needs and provide guidance to those seeking housing and resources. Hotline volunteers must complete training requirements.

speakers bureau

Volunteers are trained to speak on domestic violence, sexual assault, and the services of the YWCA of Richmond. This is a great opportunity to train the community on these important issues.

children's activities

Give the mothers in our housing program some much-needed support by spending time with the children for an hour or two during week nights or provide childcare while parents attend empowerment groups, YW-hosted workshops, or group counseling sessions. The kids love for groups to bring in books, arts and crafts projects, music and more.

opportunities not requiring training

child development center individuals

Be an extra set of hands in our preschool! Help teachers with daily projects, extra one-on-one help and special events. The kids love new faces!

meal support

Get a group together and adopt an apartment by providing a weekly meal for a family residing in our emergency housing. Days are flexible.

facilities support

Keep our historic spaces looking and feeling beautiful for those we serve. There are several ways throughout the year to help with projects such as painting, sorting, organizing and decorating.

administrative general

This could include anything from making purple ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to stuffing envelopes for our Spring Mailing or clipping articles from the newspaper.

If you’d like to suggest an opportunity that you think would be beneficial to our families but that isn’t listed above, please contact Leigh Busby at lbusby@ywcarichmond.org to explore the idea.