Join our thriving community of do-ers and changemakers! YWCA Minneapolis is an organization with a 128-year history of passionate advocacy and equity-centered programs focused on racial justice, early childhood education, youth development and wellness. Our work is fueled by the people who believe in our mission and put their values into action. Each year, people like you give 8,000+ volunteer hours to advance our mission and make our life-changing programs and events happen.
Join our movement to create brighter futures! Sign up to volunteer today.
For more information about volunteering or group volunteer opportunities, email the volunteer coordinator or call 612-215-4113.
YWCA Minneapolis lives our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and girls through our high-quality programs and events. Browse all current opportunities for races and other one-time events.
We’re proud to provide full-time day care programs built around an anti-bias curriculum that teaches children to foster strong relationships and respect all points of view. Our afterschool programs equip girls and youth to be learners, leaders and creators of change so they graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Browse ongoing volunteer roles in our early childhood education and youth programs with varying commitments. Fill out the volunteer interest form here.
YWCA Minneapolis provides free racial justice facilitator training. Through the indigenous tradition of circle dialogue, facilitators gain experience and confidence navigating through difficult conversations about race and the effects of racism. After completing our three-part training program, you will be prepared to facilitate YWCA workshops, community conversations and our yearly It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ event. Note: Facilitator training occurs February – June each year. Fill out the facilitator application here.
"Very, very well organized and a great opportunity to volunteer. I will for sure be volunteering next year."
"I really enjoyed all the smiling faces of the athletes and friends and families. It was a pleasure to be of service."
"I met some great folks who were also volunteering. I felt very inspired both by all the racers and the competence and generosity of spirit among the organizers and volunteers."
"You have the best volunteer appreciation/training event I've ever seen from a nonprofit."
"It was a great event! Everything was so well organized! The food and snacks were amazing! People in charge were good at what they did. They were focused. They stayed positive. They thanked me several times. Everyone there was the same. It was great. I went home tired but happy!"
"Thank you for the opportunity to help and encourage the athletes."
"I really enjoyed volunteering and I plan to do it again in the future."
"I am grateful to have been able to take part. It is a wonderful and important event."
A Service Enterprise certification is awarded to organizations that leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission. Certified organizations have integrated volunteers deeply into their strategic plan and organizational infrastructure, thereby allowing them to reduce costs, and increase efficiency and effectiveness in providing services to fulfill their mission. As a result, volunteers change the core of the organization for the better!