In the Mission Spotlight: YWCA Domestic Violence Program

The Mission Strategic Planning Team has been encouraged to build on the Summer Adult Education Series by regularly highlighting a Social service Agency, particularly their goals, programs and where they need help and volunteers. The first program in this bi-monthly series is the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program:                                                                      

The YWCA has long advocated for the health and safety of women and girls. Violence against women takes many forms, including domestic violence,  sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. These crimes impact millions of individuals and families in every community in our nation. Locally here in Lafayette the YWCA has several programs helping women to regain safety and strength. They include: Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program; Sexual Violence Task Force; Legal Advocacy; Violence Prevention Education; and 911 Cell Phone Program. For specific information about these programs please go to

At the YWCA there are various opportunities for community members to help and/or volunteer. An individual or group can volunteer for a one-time service project or can provide a volunteer commitment on a regular basis for an extended period of time. When you volunteer with YWCA Greater Lafayette, you are helping to further our mission to empower women and girls and doing what matters right here in your own community.· 

  • Cleaning or doing yard work (scheduled as needed)                      
  • Assisting with children’s programming in the evening
  • Answering the domestic violence crisis hotline (operates 24/7)
  • Answering phones, sharing program information, filing and copying          
  • Helping with 9-1-1 cell phones.
  • Working with Spanish-speaking clients and translating documents
  • Helping with outreach at community fairs and other events 
  • Processing mail (labeling, stuffing, sealing, folding, etc.)
  • Serving on an event committee (for example, helping to plan and implement Salute to
  • Women, Clay Bowl Giving Project, Holiday Bingo & Silent Auction, Network Luncheon Series, etc.)

 Domestic Violence Program Donations:                                                                         

Over the next several weeks there will be a barrel in both buildings at Central for you to place items you would like to donate or you may contact the Domestic Violence Program Office at 765-423-4486.                                                                                                          

  • New towels and washcloths                               
  • New twin sized bed sheet sets
  • Batteries-AA and AAA
  • Light bulbs
  • Baby monitors
  • Lunch boxes
  • Over the counter medicine (cough medicine, allergy medicine, children’s tylenol)
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Plastic cups
  • White kitchen trash bags
  • Walmart gift cards            
  • Cleaning supplies: (Windex, Bleach, Lysol wipes, Laundry detergent, Dryer sheets) 

                                                                                                                                                                                   Please consider taking all other items, including clothes, to Surplus and Salvage located at 231 Chestnut St. All proceeds from Surplus and Salvage support YWCA programs.

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