Your Community Connection (YCC)
Your Community Connection provides vital community services to families and individuals at risk in Northern Utah. It began in 1945 as the YWCA providing training classes and social activities for young women. Since then, the YCC has expanded and been restructured to offer necessary social services and crisis intervention programs through its three program centers: the Gaye D. Littleton Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Center, the Beverly J. Monson Homeless and Housing Assistance Center, and the Barbara Kimball Browning Family Enrichment Center. YCC is a safe place for victims of violence, homelessness, and poverty to recover and obtain stability.
The mission of YCC is to provide services to support and enhance the quality of life for all women, children and families. By maintaining a structure of fulfillment through three program centers and community outreach programs, at-risk families and individuals are given the opportunity to influence conditions which risk their future.
Programs and Services include:
- Food and clothing assistance
- Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Center, which includes:
- Violence crisis shelter
- Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Program
- Domestic violence Aftercare Program
- Protective Order assistance
- Rape Recovery
- Rape Prevention
- Transitional housing
- Family Enrichment Center
- Legal Aid
- Senior Life Care (home repair and yard care)
- Classes and groups
How to Get Involved with YCC
Volunteer in a domestic violence shelter
WSU students are needed to serve in YCC’s domestic violence shelter. Since the shelter runs 24-7, volunteers can help at any time of day. This is a long-term volunteer opportunity, for which YCC needs volunteers to commit to at least four hours a week for six months. Shelter volunteers help with client intake, crisis line calls, and making clients feel safe and comfortable.
Become a victim advocate
Long-term volunteers are also needed as victim advocates for their Domestic Violence and Rape and Recovery programs. Victim advocates will receive training for the on-call 24-hour advocacy program for victims of rape and/or domestic violence. A volunteer will respond to the hospital (rape victims) or to the scene of the violence once the area is secure. Volunteers need to commit to being on call for a 24-hour time period per week for at least six months. This is an excellent opportunity for students in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Sociology, Family Studies, or Women’s Studies.
Teach parenting skills
WSU practicum students help in the Family Enrichment Center with parenting classes for YCC clients. These classes include Love & Logic Parenting and S.T.E.P. Parenting. If you are looking for your practicum experience in social work or other social science fields, this is an excellent opportunity for you. Come help parents increase their capacity for successful parenting.
Repair homes for seniors
Many low-income seniors with disabilities need help with yard care, but can’t do it themselves and can’t afford a professional. YCC needs volunteers in the Senior Life Care program to help with yard work. This could include mowing the lawn, trimming, or pulling weeds. This is a great opportunity to do something for someone that they cannot do themselves.
Volunteer as a front desk receptionist
Volunteers are needed weekly to come and run the front desk. Individuals serving in this position would be responsible for answering questions over the phone or in person, completing tasks assigned by staff, and other office related duties.
Join the Community Engaged Leaders Program
YCC is one of the organizations served under the WSU Community Engaged Leaders program. The Community Engaged Leaders YCC program recruits student volunteers for domestic violence awareness events, as well as for clothing and food drives. Community Engaged Leaders is a student-run community service program, and is part of WSUSA. It is comprised of a VP of Service, an Assistant Director, 4 Directors and 16 Chairs. These student leaders are responsible for promoting community service within the student body, and they make community service opportunities accessible to students. You can apply to become the chair for any of the service leadership positions, including YCC chair, during early spring semester. Becoming a chair or volunteering with the YCC is a great way to meet new people and make a difference. Learn more about the Community Engaged Leaders
If interested in volunteering, contact the YCC Special Events Coordinator at 801-689-1706 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete the following training modules:
- Cultural Sensitivity
For more information and opportunity please visit yccogden.org/volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering with the Aftercare Program, the Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Program, the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Center, or Rape Recovery, please contact the Special Events Coordinator about filling out a volunteer application.
Whether you have a day or a year, are majoring in social work, graphic design, or supply chain management, there is something for you to do at Your Community Connection.
Your Community Connection
2261 Adams Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
Center for Community Engaged Learning
2113 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2113