Evanston/North Shore


There are several ways for volunteers to support our organization. Whether it is for a few hours, a few days, or for the long-term, we appreciate your interest and involvement.

Direct Service to Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic violence services volunteers work first-hand with our clients and directly impact their lives.  Link here for a description of what our DV volunteers do. Volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour DV training, which is available at YWCA Evanston/North Shore this summer.

40-Hour Training

If you have completed training, please contact Sandy T. Williams, Director, Domestic Violence Residential and Community Services, at 847-864-8445 for volunteer opportunities in our Domestic Violence Services programs.

Men's Leadership Initiative

We invite you to join The Men's Leadership Initiative with other men in our community who are taking a stand and adding their voice to the chorus of men who say gender violence must stop now. Men’s Leadership Training helps men build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incident or potential incident of gender harassment or violence, and creates opportunities for men to mentor young men into healthy masculinity and educate the community on how they can help end gender violence. Learn more here.

One-on-One Financial Coaching

Financial coaches work one-on-one with someone to help them reach their financial goals. The program, called The Advancement Project, combines financial education, financial coaching, and peer-learning to empower adults to accomplish a specific financial goal of their choosing. Our goal is assist participants in creating a positive financial habit that will lead to improved confidence about managing their money and the ability to plan for their financial future. Learn more here.

Adopt-A-Room Program

Organizations, clubs, community groups and individuals can adopt and maintain shelter rooms to ensure that every women and child feels a sense of home, safety and support at Mary Lou’s Place. Read more here...

Special Skills

If you or your group have special skills, please consider donating your time and services to YWCA. We are in need of support in the following areas:

  • Special event coordination
  • Child care
  • Administrative support 
  • Legal Services for our Domestic Violence Services clients
  • Gardening and landscaping

For more information about volunteering your services, contact Trimmy Stamell at 847-864-8445.

Race Against Hate

By far, the largest demand we have for volunteers is in the spring and early summer as we get ready for the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Goody bag stuffing
  • Packet pick-up support
  • Poster distribution
  • Course marshalls
  • On site registration
  • Food tent support
  • T-shirt distribution

If you are interested in volunteering for the Race in any capacity, please contact Race Director Trimmy Stamell at 847-864-8445.


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