Kendall DeRemer is a 24-year-old student who volunteers with Our Sister’s Closet (OSC) at YWCA Spokane! She works as a personal stylist, facilitating appointments for women seeking clothing. We wanted to know why she decided to volunteer her time and presence with us and asked her a few questions–answers have been edited for length and clarity.
How did you get involved with YWCA Spokane, and what was your first impression of the organization? A friend of mine recommended volunteering at the YWCA when I initially moved to Spokane. Going into my YWCA interview, I was excited and eager…after my interview, I knew I wanted to work directly with women in a positive setting, specifically OSC.
What do you wish other people knew about YWCA Spokane? How accessible our services are! Our location on N. Monroe offers domestic violence counseling, interview preparation and resume building, individualized shopping appointments aimed to fill basic needs like clothing, shoes, hygiene items, etc. and other free services that all focus directly on helping low-income women and children and domestic violence victims through the challenges presented to them. We are a judge-free zone and welcome individuals with open arms.
What would you tell someone who’s considering volunteering for YWCA Spokane? Do it! Volunteering with YWCA Spokane is a fantastic way to gain hands-on experience working directly with women in the community. Another important aspect of their work is helping women within the organization. I’m reminded all the time about services provided to me and I feel safe in the environment at the WOC [Women’s Opportunity Center].
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working, volunteering, or studying? I enjoy exploring new areas of the Inland Northwest. I’m new to the Spokane area and am always amazed by the beauty! I also enjoy trying new Mexican restaurants that create foods comparable to the Southern California-style of Mexican food that I grew up on.
Over 230 dedicated community members volunteer 4000 hours of their time, energy, skills, and resources to the YWCA Spokane each year by conducting necessity drives, sorting donations, facilitating classes, working in the computer lab, reading to children, participating on committees, and helping with events. If you are interested in volunteering at YWCA Spokane, please call 509.326.1190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.