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Together, we are strong.

Volunteers play an essential role in helping YWCA Boulder County to empower women and eliminate racism. YWCA Boulder County has a variety of volunteer positions available.

Volunteer Options

General Volunteer

Interested in another volunteer position at YWCA Boulder County? We have many opportunities such as helping out at the front desk, assisting with events, consulting opportunities and more. Please fill out the YWCA Volunteer Application so we can find a volunteer position that fits your skillset and experiences.

Reading to End Racism (RER) is a racial justice program that uses trained volunteers to read with children in the classroom at school-wide visits in Boulder County. Age-appropriate books, personal stories, and engaging activities stimulate an insightful conversation about discrimination. This dialogue with students and teachers empowers individuals to promote peaceful relationships and supports a nurturing environment in which every student can thrive. RER has reached more than 24,000 students since 2011. 

As a RER volunteer, you will need to complete a half-day training session in Boulder or Longmont, held frequently during the school year, along with occasional specialized trainings that will enhance your technique in the classroom and understanding of discrimination. After the training session, you will be asked to complete a simple and free background check with the school district and shadow an experienced reader at one school visit. This qualifies you to become a reader in schools, and you will receive requests to sign up on-line as school visits are scheduled. Readers are asked to commit to at least one school visit (one hour) per month, and we welcome greater participation! Are you ready to serve?  Click here to complete the RER Volunteer Application.

Children’s Alley

For 40 years, Children’s Alley has served as Boulder County’s only drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. Families turn to Children’s Alley when they have a sudden and temporary need for childcare, such as when their regular childcare provider is unavailable, when parents have a class, a job interview, doctor’s appointment, etc., or when parents simply need a break from the stress of childcare.

CA volunteers spend most of the day playing with children, but volunteers are also responsible for aiding the staff with day to day tasks. Volunteers may be asked to clean tables, floor and garbage cans, do laundry, pick up toys, make beds, prepare art projects, make copies, etc.

Interested in volunteering for Children’s Alley? Fill out the Children’s Alley Volunteer Application. CA volunteers of any age must print, review and sign two documents along with filling out the application: 1) CA Volunteer Information And Procedures and 2) CA Volunteer Rights And Responsibilities.

Questions about Volunteering?

Please call Shiquita Yarbrough at (303) 443-0419 x 103 or email her at syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org.

Children’s Alley Phased Reopening

We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we continue to ensure the safety of our children, teachers and families of Children’s Alley to determine our reopening date. Based on the latest decision from Boulder County to extend the Stay at Home Order until May 8, we will be moving back our phased reopening to Monday, May 11. We have determined a phased approach to reopening will ensure our alignment with Colorado Public Health guidelines.  

Phase 1 will begin on May 11, with the partial reopening of our Infant Development Center (IDC). We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA. On May 18, we will reopen part of our Pre-K program. We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA.

We will not be able to offer traditional drop-in services at this time but we are working with Colorado Public Health to determine what that process will look like as we get further into the opening.