Your Help Matters 

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced a feeling of unknown for the future. For Jonie, a client in our Scattered-Site Housing Program, that feeling is very real, as she is pregnant with her first child. Jonie recently left her abusive husband and is working toward independence and self-suffiency within our program. However, once the crisis hit, Jonie was unsure how she was going to be able to prepare for the arrival of her child. With help from generous community members like you, our Scattered-Site Housing Coordinator was able to deliver many items to Jonie, including a new stroller, carseat, diapers, toys and much more. 

It's because of the generosity of many in our community that women are being equipped with the tools that they need to succeed; both emotionally and physically. Your help matters. 

Partners Using their Platforms! 

VFL and YWCA friend, Curt Maggitt took to social media to help raise money for families served by YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center. He reached his goal of raising $1,300 by sharing his story and asking his social media followers to contribute. 
Thank you to WATE for sharing this story of volunteers giving back! 

Standing Against Racism Together

Stand Against Racism went digital this year! Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign, coordinated by YWCA USA, meant to bring communities together around a specific topic or theme.
The theme for 2020 was promoting civic engagement and bringing awareness to the barriers that communities of color experience. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for Stand Against Racism pivoted to also supporting our Asain American and Pacific Islander neighbors who are experiencing bias and racism due to the virus.
We are thankful for our East Tennessee community who stood with us, took the pledge, and encouraged our community to complete the 2020 Census. 
Watch the video below or click HERE to go to our YouTube page. 
This is one of two videos that YWCA created for Stand Against Racism!

YWCA CEO Joins Discussion with UTK on Racial Bias during Covid-19

After making a connection for Stand Against Racism, YWCA CEO Alizza Punzalan-Randle was asked to sit on a panel hosted by the University of Tennessee Center for Global Engagement.
The topic for the panel was "Navigating Racism and Bias: Supporting UT and Local Asian Community in Unprecendented Times" and there were over 200 people who virtually attended the panel discussion.
Find more resources from the Center for Global Engagement or to watch the panel click the button below. 

Oak Ridge and Anderson County Services Update

YWCA is happy to announce that Lauren Lindback is now the Director of Anderson County Services. Take a look at her video for an overview of life-saving services being provided in Anderson County and Oak Ridge.

WBIR: Helping the Helpers 

We are thankful for our friends at WBIR Channel 10 for raising awareness about the different nonprofits in our community during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
YWCA Director of Public Relations Karlyn Reel shared some helpful tips on how to identify if a loved one is in an unhealthy relationship during this time at home. 

Although Our Time Together was Cut Short...
Thank You, UTK Social Work Interns! 

"Over the last two years, I had an
invaluable learning experience at YWCA in the Keys of Hope Women's Program. I had the opportunity to learn and practice advanced clinical skills as well as learning different aspects of program management." 

-Victoria Haddah, MSW
"While interning for the Freedom Inside program, some main takeaways were learning how to effectively navigate the criminal justice system to ensure clients needs are met, helping clients reintegrate back into society after being incarcerated, and I gained a better understanding about the impact of incarceration, trauma, and substance abuse."
-Brittany Wilkerson, MSW

Join Our Team! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include: 
  • Grants Manager
  • Freedom Inside Coordinator
  • Assistant Director, YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center
  • Front Desk Clerk 
See the descriptions and application by clicking HERE
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