Update from YWCA's Internal Racial and
Social Justice Work Group 

YWCA’s internal Racial and Social Justice Work Group kicked off in January of 2021 and has met every two weeks since May. The group, comprised of 16 staff from across all departments, is tasked with advancing YWCA’s mission internally through hiring and retention, policy, and training. As a result of this collaborative effort all YWCA staff will participate in a six week long self-reflection and organizational assessment process through September and October, culminating in results that will guide the agency forward. Topics of self-reflection and assessment include: racial justice and equity, gender identity, immigration status, religion, and the intersection of identities. Stay tuned for assessment results and a plan of action from the work group and if you have questions or thoughts, please reach out to Hannah Brinson at hbrinson@ywcaknox.com.
Refreshments will be available during the event. 
*Please note: Masks are required to enter the facility."

Talk & Tour at YWCA Oak Ridge Facility 

Join us on August 25 at the YWCA Oak Ridge building (1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike) to hear about the new programs being offered and expanded to Anderson County. Here's a sneak peek:
-Tour the new Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Center! 
-Learn more about GameChangers, our signature violence prevention program for middle-school-aged boys.
-Hear about our domestic violence services and partnerships with the Anderson County Family Justice Center and the Department of Children's Services. 
RSVP by Tuesday, August 24 at 12:00 PM to Karlyn Reel at kreel@ywcaknox.com.

Have You Purchased Your Ticket to Tribute to Women Yet?

There's still time to purchase a ticket to our 36th Annual Tribute to Women Event set for Thursday, September 9 at the Mill & Mine.

Click HERE to purchase your ticket!

This year's seven outstanding Honorees were nominated by their colleagues, supervisors, and friends in each of their respective categories. All nominations were reviewed by a panel of out-of-state judges, and the Honorees were selected for their commitment to YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. 

Watch this video of Brittany Tarwater from WVLT to meet each of the Honorees! 
*Please note: YWCA is actively monitoring state and county mandates pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with CDC guidelines, social distancing and masks will be required while indoors during the event. All guests are encouraged to be vaccinated.*

Thank You to the 2021 Sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

Nearly $19,000 Raised by Fraley and Schilling at Inaugural Golf Tournament Benefiting Phyllis Wheatley Center

Local trucking and shipping company, Fraley and Schilling, hosted its inaugural golf tournament this month at Willow Creek Golf Club. The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center was the proud beneficiary of this incredible event that raised nearly $19,000! 
Thank you to all of the sponsors and golfers for participating and making such an incredible impact!
Our friends from the First Tee - Greater Knoxville joined us by having two youth teams play in the tournament! 
YWCA GameChangers representatives spoke during lunch about how men can get involved and change the game for women and girls! 

GameChangers Presenting at Rotary Club of Oak Ridge 

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge for having Eddie Harrison, our GameChangers Program Coordinator, come and speak with your club about YWCA's GameChangers program. 
GameChangers is a violence prevention program for middle-school-aged boys, lead by adult male mentors.Our volunteer mentors are vital to helping us change the narrative when it comes to preventing violence against women and girls. 
Mentors work with small groups of young men to educate them about healthy and unhealthy relationships, domestic violence, sexual assault, bystander intervention, and so much more. 
Watch this video of Eddie sharing more about GameChangers and how you can help change the game.

Welcome Students and New Assistant Director,
Tomma Battle at Phyllis Wheatley Center! 

The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) is back and in full swing with the new school year! Additionally, we are so proud to introduce Tomma Battle as the new Assistant Director of the Phyllis Wheatley Center! Guardians can learn more about ASEP by clicking HERE or calling 865-546-0651.
Thank you to the Young Professionals of Knoxville for providing snacks on the first day back to school! 
Welcome,Tomma Battle, Phyllis Wheatley Center Assistant Director!
Old Time Pottery Hosting "Big-Hearted Bins" 
Visit the Old Time Pottery at 267 N. Seven Oaks Drive in Knoxville, and help fill the Big-Hearted Bins with essential items that will be donated to our clients seeking safety and a new beginning. Shoppers can purchase the following items at a discount to be donated: 
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Bedding and blankets 
  • Bath accessories
  • Cooking supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Storage items 
The campaign will run until September 7, so stop by Old Time Pottery and make your donation soon! 

We Are Hiring! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include:  
  • Anderson County Family Justice Center Victim Advocate
  • Youth Trauma Support Coordinator
  • GameChangers Mentor Coordinator
  • After-School Enrichment Program Counselors (Part-Time) 
  • Evening/Weekend Lifeguard
  • Front Desk, PRN 
See the descriptions and applications on our Careers Page.
Special thank you to Helping Mamas Knoxville for donating 100 backpacks full of supplies to the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center! 

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in getting more involved with the YWCA? Volunteers make an incredible impact in our agency. 
  • Do you have a heart for children? Volunteer to provide childcare during one of our domestic violence support groups. 
  • Have a special interest such as arts and crafts, technology, or reading? Host a class for our youth at the Phyllis Wheatley Center or with our women in the Keys of Hope Women's Program.
To learn more about how to become a volunteer, please contact Development Coordinator Gracie Herbert at gherbert@ywcaknox.com
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