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Chancellor’s Day of Service

Wednesday, November 17

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Student Union Pilot Company Ballroom

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. They have been serving women and their families in East Tennessee since 1899. For this year’s Chancellor’s Day of Service, we are excited to partner with the YWCA as they support members of our community. Specifically, we are going to make 250 welcome home baskets to support three of their programs: Keys of Hope Women’s Program, Victim Advocacy Program, and Phyllis Wheatley After School Enrichment Program.

Throughout the month of October, we will collect items for these baskets to assemble and donate to the YWCA on November 17.


250 quantity (all three programs):
Shampoo Conditioner Soap Toothbrushes Deodorant
Hairbrushes/combs Chapsticks Lotion Hand sanitizers Tissue packs
170 quantity (Keys of Hope and Victim Advocacy Programs):
Picture frames Shower shoes Journals/planners Towels Robes
Basic cooking utensils (spatula, wooden spoons) Scrubbers/sponges Dish soap Can openers Dish towels
Tupperware Room decorations
80 quantity (Phyllis Wheatley After School Enrichment Program):
Winter items (socks, gloves, hats, coats, hoodies) Stress balls/fidget toys Activity books/journals Adult coloring books Headphones

There are several ways to participate:

  • Purchase the items in the desired quantity and fill out the form at the bottom of this page to let us know what you’ll be donating.
    • Either drop off the items to the Jones Center for Leadership and Service in the Student Union
    • Or have a representative from JCLS pick up the items from you
  • Donate to our VolStarter campaign. The campaign will close on October 31, and funds received will be used to purchase any items not collected in October.
  • Sign up to volunteer on November 17 through the Jones Center for Leadership and Service.

For over 35 years, YWCA has been offering a wide range of services to victims of domestic violence, including: culturally specific services for immigrant, refugee and BIPOC communities; referrals to partner organizations and shelters; referrals to YWCA’s transitional housing programs; court- and community-based advocacy; crisis intervention; safety planning and danger assessment; and tangible assistance with housing and other essential basic needs.

Domestic violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone, regardless of culture, race, age, income, education, religion, or sexual orientation. YWCA is committed to providing services to victims of domestic violence all year, but focuses advocacy efforts in the community during the month of October in recognition of the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign. This October, YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley launches its 8th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign. All October long, YWCA will conduct educational trainings through Domestic Violence 101 sessions, painting the streets in purple ribbons and partnering with local businesses through percentage nights.

Donation Form