Thank you to all who gave during Big Give Knox earlier this week. Because of you, $3,500 was raised for YWCA's lifesaving programs. It is only with your support that this is possible. Thank YOU!
You can still participate this holiday season by making a monetary donation or by purchasing items from our wish-lists. Here are a few ways that you can get involved:
  • Make the holidays bright for a family by visiting our Amazon Wish-List or by contacting Ally Slavick at 
  • Surprise a youth at the Phyllis Wheatley Center (PWC) with a new puzzle, book or art supply from our Walmart Wish-List and have it delivered directly to the PWC. 
  • Donate a gift card to Kroger, Walmart or another grocery store for a mother and her children fleeing from abuse. 

The Great Race Against Racism 

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with the Great Race Against Racism. For 25 years, YWCA’s Diversity Day and Race Against Racism has been a favorite community event, attended by nearly 500 participants annually, and has taken place the Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants in this year’s Great Race will download the interactive “GooseChase” app on their mobile device and will race to collect points by visiting locations throughout Knox and Anderson County that have significance to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our community.
Race to the top of the leaderboard by collecting the most points! Our community is ready to Commit, Communicate, Educate, and Act. There will be more information coming soon about how to sign up. 

Thanksgiving Gifts from Friends and Neighbors 

Studio Four Design has generously provided Thanksgiving dinner to the women in the Keys of Hope Women's Program for nearly ten years. Although this year looked a little different, our downtown neighbors made sure that our clients were well taken care of by providing Buddy's BBQ and other treats. We are so grateful for this longtime partnership! 
60 individually packaged meals, desserts, and drinks were provided to YWCA clients.
YWCA staff were honored to accept these meals! 
Just a few of the turkeys that were given to families!

Turkeys of Phyllis Wheatley Center Families! 

We are grateful for our friend and #VFL Curt Maggitt for raising money to provide 30 families with Thanksgiving turkeys last week. Curt utilizes his social media platforms to encourage his followers to give back to the community. We are so grateful for his heart for Knoxville's youth! 
It takes a village, and we are grateful for ours. If you are interested in adapting a family this holiday season, please contact Ally Slavick at 

Interim CEO Announced: Rachel Haverkamp

Rachel served the YWCA Knoxville and Tennessee Valley since 2017 in roles of increasing responsibility as director of events, director of development, and senior director of donor relations. She is the former executive director of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association and gained prior experience with the Arts and Culture Alliance.

Rachel has successfully enhanced the YWCA’s visibility and donor relations in the region over her tenure, and she is an effective and trusted leader among the board and staff. 

Other New Team Members and New Roles at YWCA 

Marian Billingsley, 
Recently promoted to Victim Advocacy Program Coordinator
Amy Moden,
Victim Advocate- Family Justice Center 

Join Our Team! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include: 
  • Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma Program Coordinator (Part-time)
  • Front Desk Clerk, PRN
  • After-School Enrichment Counselor
  • Development Associate 
See the descriptions and applications by clicking HERE
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