GET INVOLVED

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.

Domestic Violence Statutes

Sexual Violence Statutes

Montana State Legislature

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Great Falls Rising

VOLUNTEER:


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.

Call 452-1315 or email us to tell us what you would like to help with.

Time working in the Y’s Buys Thrift Store

Maintenance & Painters

Window Washers

Meal Preparers

Social Media Gurus

Fundraisers

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.

Contact us today! 454-1315 or email Sandi at sandif@ywcagreatfalls.org

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 PowerPoint.

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

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP


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.