There are so many opportunities and ways to help support the YWCA Great Falls’ mission. From volunteering time or advocating for survivors, to making a donation or sponsoring an event, we welcome and appreciate the generosity of our community members.
ADVOCATE FOR SURVIVORS:
We are constantly advocating for the rights of marginalized populations and the best resources available to us are the following.
Montana Board of Crime Control – The MBCC is the repository for the statistics that law enforcement agencies across the state collect. This website offers a number of crime reports, some of which are searchable by county and crime.
Montana State Supreme Court – The Montana Supreme Court Administrator’s Office publishes Montana judiciary’s annual reports, which provide information about cases tried before Montana courts. It reports numbers for domestic violence and a number of other crimes.
Volunteering at the YWCA is what makes us who we are!
We rely on people power for everything we do – from our incredible board of directors to our lawn keepers and everyone in between. If you have a special talent/gift and would like to share it with the community or a small group, give us a call. We are always looking for new classes and new ideas.
Time working in the Y’s Buys Thrift Store
Maintenance & Painters
Social Media Gurus
ARE YOU A HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENT WITH EXTRA TIME (ANDWANT SOME VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR YOUR RESUME)?
We have projects at the YWCA that you can help us with! From sorting shoes for our shoe drive to painting, our needs are always changing and ongoing.
The YWCA of Great Falls is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported largely through the generosity of our neighbors. Our 501(c)(3) status means your contributions to the YWCA are completely tax-deductible.
By making a donation by cash, credit card, or check to the YWCA of Great Falls, you can make a difference in the life of someone who has been affected by violence.
Here are some examples of what your generosity can do:
$12.50 provides one night of shelter for a woman or child at Mercy Home.10%
$20 provides transportation for one month for the women and children in the Mercy Home shelter to day care, school, medical appointments, legal appointments, job interviews, and housing searches.20%
$25 purchases career clothing for a woman staying at Mercy Home as she prepares for job interviews and future employment.30%
$50 supplies the women and children in the Mercy Home shelter with paper products, toiletries, and personal hygiene items for two weeks.40%
$100 purchases two months of supplies for the smallest of victims in our Children’s Advocacy program.50%
$500 keeps the Mercy Home helpline connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week for three months.60%
$1,000 provides three meals a day for one month for the women and children at the Mercy Home shelter.70%
$1,500 covers the cost of insurance for one month, protecting the YWCA and covering our counseling, shelter, case management, and children’s advocacy programs.80%
$2,500 provides annual maintenance for our YWCA vehicle to take the women and children in the Mercy Home shelter to medical appointments, job interviews, work, and school.90%
$5,000 covers the majority of utility costs for the Mercy Home shelter for six months.100%
As an agency, we rely heavily on donations of items as well as funding. The YWCA accepts donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing for all seasons, as well as shoes, purses, belts, coats, jewelry, and other household items.
We are a United Way partner and also participate in the State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign. Our affiliate code is 3524, and you can use this code on your donor form or in Click & Give.
RAISING VOICES OF COLOR
PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP:
RAISING VOICES OF COLOR – PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP
The YWCA Great Falls program, Raising Voices of Color, encourages people of color to become involved with important discussions within our community by becoming city advisory board members as outlined by the Raising Voices of Color power point.
As we encourage people of color to apply for these positions, we recognize that the opportunity to apply may be equal, but, unfortunately, racial inequity does exist. The racial disparity issue between equality and equity is beautify depicted in the video clip, The Race. Although not all people of color experience the structural and social disparities mentioned in the film, it is important to recognize the racial inequities in our communities.
Because of these racial disparities, we respectfully offer our support as you navigate through the application process for becoming a city advisor. Please feel free to contact the Racial Equity Committee if you have questions. We also offer the following words of encouragement about the importance of your words, your voice and your choice to use them.
RAISING VOICES OF COLOR
If you and your co-workers are struggling to understand the problem of systemic racism and searching for the steps to create a more racially equitable environment, you are not alone. The YWCA Great Falls understands that the problem may appear complex and the solutions overwhelming. Our program, Raising Voices of Color Business Leadership, is assisting community employers and directors address this multifarious issue.
Join other program participants as we enter the difficult conversations on racism. Engage in the discussions that support the voices of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community and, ultimately, lead to the dismantling of the racial divisions.
Agree to take two simple steps.
- First, educate yourself and your employees. Learn the terminology. With mercy on your heart, listen to the story of systemic racism, its history, and its consequences.
- Secondly, take action steps to correct past disparities and improve diversity and equity in the workplace environment.
We are asking leaders to sign the Business Leadership Letter of Support in which your business or organization will be committing to these two described steps.
To assist you, YWCA Great Falls has created a Resource List which includes racial equity literature, names of local racial equity speakers, training opportunities, and Montana organizations engaged in racial equity work. A good starting point, is the video Why we should never forget that WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER by Father Gregory Boyle.
This journey to racial justice will be bumpy but James Baldwin gently reminds us that, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us.