Your Community Connection (YCC)
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 shelterWSU 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 advocateLong-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 seniorsMany 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 receptionistVolunteers 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 ProgramYCC 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
YCC program at the website or by emailing the current chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get StartedIf interested in volunteering, contact the YCC Special Events Coordinator at 801-689-1706 or email@example.com. All volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete the following training modules:
- Cultural Sensitivity
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