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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 Child Care Closed

On March 18, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23-April 17. In accordance with this, the YWCA is planning for Children’s Alley to remain closed until Monday, April 20. We will keep you updated weekly as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.

It has been incredibly hard for us to temporarily close our doors knowing that this is creating additional strain on the families we serve and the children we love. While some childcare centers remain open, we are following safety recommendations from Colorado Public Health to close Children’s Alley. As a drop-in childcare center with different children every day, there is an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 and our highest priority has always been to provide quality care while keeping our staff and families healthy and safe.

We are committed to working through this time by identifying the most pressing needs of our community and creatively aligning resources and programming to address these pressing issues. We are staying up-to-date with Boulder County Public Health and will communicate our reopening as soon as it is a possibility.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.