Meet our New Board Members 

At our Annual Meeting on Friday, June 11th YWCA celebrated nine retiring board members: Pat Ball, Judith Foltz, Ann Hansen, Lori Hickok, Nakeisha Jackson, Amy Morton, Debby Schriver, Sandi Swilley, and Robin Wilhoit. Thank you for your service and commitment to YWCA!
We also welcomed five new, remarkable women to our Board of Directors. Check out Kelly Drummond, Erin Gill, Jenaé Anderson Easterly, Evetty Satterfield, and Merlin Theodore below!
Kelly Drummond
Kelly DrummondDirector of Human Resources at the City of Knoxville
Erin Gill
Erin GillChief Policy Officer & Deputy to the Mayor for the City of Knoxville
Jenaé Anderson Easterly
 Jenaé Anderson EasterlySenior Associate at Burton McKinnish
Evetty Satterfield
Evetty SatterfieldCEO of Advancing Lives, LLC
Merlin Theodore
Merlin TheodoreGroup Lead at ORNL Advanced Fibers Manufacturing

SKIPP into Summer with the Phyllis Wheatley Center

Looking for a safe, supportive, and educational program for your child to participate in this summer?
The Phyllis Wheatley Center's Summer Kids in Play Program (SKIPP) has begun and runs through July 30. SKIPP is a low cost and fun filled summer day camp for children ages 5-14! Activities include field trips, swim lessons, cooking, gardening, learning new skills and, most importantly, a focus on closing the summer reading gap. Enrollment will be limited to 40 children due to COVID-19 precautions, so be sure to register as soon as you can!

More information can be found below or by calling the Phyllis Wheatley Center at 865-546-0651.


Just before our SKIPP students' arrival, we had some spring cleaning at the PWC! The center was closed May 24 through June 6 to allow time for building cleaning and updates. Staff and volunteers worked hard at clearing out all spaces, painting walls, building furniture and more!

Honoring Juneteenth

Join the MLK Commemorative Commission and Beck Cultural Exchange Center this Saturday, June 19th at 1:00 pm for their King and Juneteenth Celebration. This celebration will be held at the World's Fair Park, bringing the community together while highlighting and commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year, YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley, will observe Juneteenth as an agency holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in America. We invite you to learn more about the history of Juneteenth by clicking HERE, and we hope that you will join us this Saturday at World's Fair Park for Knoxville's Juneteenth Celebration!

Anderson County Justice for Families Construction Update

Construction is finished at our Oak Ridge building for the new Justice for Families (JFF) Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program! Updates to this visitation space include a new kitchenette, accessible bathroom, waiting room for visiting parents, security system, and more.
We are excited for the official launch of this program later this summer and we are eager to serve families in Anderson County! If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Justice for Families Program, please contact Director of Victim Services Lauren Lindback at We invite you to learn more about the history of the program clicking HERE



Thank You Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper! 

Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper are dedicated to YWCA's mission, programs, and services in the Oak Ridge community. Bonnie, Roy and their pup, Peter Pan, stopped by the Oak Ridge facility for a tour of our recent renovations. We are incredibly grateful for their support of our Oak Ridge community and we are honored to celebrate the "Bonnie C. Carroll and Roy H. Cooper Kitchen for Health and Well-being."

Strong Women, Strong Futures

YWCA is proud to be part of the Women's Fund of East Tennessee Network and the Strong Women, Strong Futures campaign. 
As part of our campaign, team members from the Phyllis Wheatley Center shared the importance of post-secondary education for women and girls. Read the whole campaign by clicking HERE.

Thank You Trinity Health Foundation

YWCA was pleased to receive Phase I funding from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee! This COVID-19 relief and recovery award will be used for our Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma (SYET) program. SYET is an evidence-based program developed for students who have been exposed to trauma and are exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 


We Are Hiring! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include:  
  • Therapist (PT)
  • Assistant Director of the Phyllis Wheatley Center
  • Knox County Advocate and Liaison to DCS 
  • Youth Trauma Support Coordinator
  • GameChangers Mentor Coordinator
  • Phyllis Wheatley Center Night/Weekend Rental Coordinator
  • Evening/Weekend Lifeguard
  • Front Desk, PRN 
See the descriptions and applications on our Careers Page.

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in getting more involved with the YWCA? Volunteers make an incredible impact in our agency. Last year, volunteers donated 2,420 hours despite the COVID-19 pandemic. These volunteer hours equate to $65,824 dollars of in-kind donations! We would love to have you join our volunteer family! 
To learn more about how to become a volunteer, please contact Development Coordinator Gracie Herbert at

Thank you to our 2021 Keys of Hope Luncheon Partners!

Key Partner

Promise Partner

Wanda and John Sobieski

Hope Partner

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