We've Gone Virtual: JOIN US!

The 10th annual Keys of Hope Luncheon has gone VIRTUAL this year!
Join us on August 13 at 11:30 AM to hear inspiring stories of resilience and determination from clients who have received aid from YWCA's many programs. 


We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support of this year's event:

Presenting Sponsor:
Nancy and Stephen Land
Key Partner:
Promise Partners:
Wanda and John Sobieski

21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge
Completed but the Work is Not Over! 

Our first-ever 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge wrapped up on Monday, July 20. However, we know that there is still work to be done. Read the full note from YWCA CEO by clicking HERE. With almost 1,300 participants there was representation from the following... 
  • 245 zip codes
  • 165 cities
  • 28 states
Thank you to all who participated! We hope that it was beneficial and helpful in your social justice journey. We are asking participants to complete an Exit Survey, if you haven't completed it yet, you can by clicking HERE. If you are interested in learning more, check out our website for all of the 21 Day Challenge resources. 
Growing Future Leaders and a Garden at the Phyllis Wheatley Center 
This summer has certainly looked different for the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff was saddened to make the difficult decision to cancel the annual Summer Kids in Play Program, which serves 50 youth, ages 5-14, in a fun and learning filled setting during the summer.
However, staff were determined to still host our spring 2020 Reach Interns, as their experience had been cut-short with school being cancelled. Our Reach Interns, high school aged boys and girls, have been showing up three days a week and cleaning, cooking for neighbors, distributing produce donations from Beardsley Farms, tending to our own Community Garden and so much more! Having youth in the building this summer, even if only a handful, has brought about a small sense of normalcy to the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center. 

Donation Request! 

Due to our COVID-19 precautions at our locations, we are still unable to host volunteers or accept used in-kind donations. 
However, many of our clients are in need of basic essentials. Check out our Amazon or Walmart wish-list today! Ordering online is an easy and touchless option for those looking to make a donation. 

Fresh Produce Donations to Clients in

Oak Ridge/Anderson County

Thanks to our friends at Society of St. Andrew and the Anderson County Family Justice Center Project, we have been able to gift our clients with multiple batches of fresh produce over the last three months. It's because of support from groups this this that we are able to provide essential food items to families in the Oak Ridge and Anderson County area! 

July/August Club W Update

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Knox County, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Club W Health and Fitness activities. This cancellation includes the pool at the Downtown Knoxville location 
We apologize for any inconvenience, but the health and safety of our clients, staff and community members is our top priority. 

Meet Our Newest Team Members!

Genevieve Turner,
Grants Manager
Ashley Pennell,
Freedom Inside Program Coordinator

Join Our Team! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include: 
  • Assistant Director, YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center
  • After-School Enrichment Counselor
See the descriptions and application by clicking HERE

Thank you to ALL of our Keys of Hope Luncheon Partners!

Hope Partners:

Empowering Partners:

Harrison Land

Supporting Partners:

Julia Bentley  --  Susan Edwards  --  Syvlia Peters  --  Mac Stalcup
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