Promoting Peace & Justice Unpacking our mission: a four-part series Nowadays it seems like anytime you see the words “peace” and “justice” together, they are followed by news regarding political turmoil. Let us reassure you, that is not what this is – this is a story of hope. The last couple weeks we have been…
The history of the YWCA is the history of progress in America.
Established in 1858 as a voice for women’s issues, we opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women’s rights and civil rights.
We continue to evolve to meet today’s challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. We’ve shifted to a bottoms-up, grassroots structure. We’ve launched a revitalized brand that reaffirms the mission of working aggressively for women and people of color. And we’re engaging women 18- to 34-years old to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.
The YWCA advocacy issues reflect our mission and the values of our organization. We promote solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.From lobbying for pay equity and hate crimes legislation to the increased funding for Head Start and the Violence Against Women Act, the YWCA advocates on Capitol Hill while employees and volunteers empower women and girls in our communities.
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Empowering Women Unpacking our mission: a four-part series Last week we began a four-part series in which we are unpacking each aspect of our mission and explaining how we are turning those words into actions. This week’s topic: empowering women. It starts with our roots… For us, the “W” in our name not only distinguishes…
Eliminating Racism Unpacking our mission: a four-part series We are positive that on more than one occasion you have seen in bold orange and black letters: “The YWCA is on a mission.“ But, can you recall what that mission is? If not, it’s okay. Here is a refresher: “The YWCA is on a mission to…
I was sleeping in my friend’s garage. It was cold. I had nowhere to take my stuff. I lost everything I had. I appreciate where I’m at [now]. I’m glad the YWCA was here for me when I needed the help.
I just needed some help until I was able to support myself again. I love it there. You feel safe. At the YWCA you know you’re taken care of.
Everybody at the YWCA is real nice and there’s a lot here for us, like classes I can do. When you’re living here you really have to do what you came to do. No holding back.