Who We Are
We are a changing force in women’s rights and civil rights. We are bold, strong, determined and passionate about eliminating racism, empowering women and all people; so that we may live in world of peace, justice, freedom and dignity.
We are part of the largest and longest-running multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we are more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. We are YWCA Clark County, proud partners of YWCA USA, YWCA Northwest and YWCA World.
Our services strive for social justice, whether it be in the home, the community, the steps of Olympia or Washington DC. We provide safe places to escape violence and oppression, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress. From our earliest days, women used grass roots activism in advocating for the rights of women as workers, wives, mothers and citizens. As a formal organization associated with an International service organization, YWCA Clark County played a critical role in promoting women's rights in the workplace and has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement since the 1960's.
The year 2016 will mark the 100th Anniversary of YWCA Clark County, which began as a lunch counter for working women. We have continued to adapt and respond to a growing community. Today, our innovative programs strengthen mind, body and spirit for those suffering from abuse and oppression. We've expanded our reach by offering domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services, early childhood education, youth empowerment, family support and outreach programs. We have achieved so much and impacted hundreds of thousands of people throughout our history.
We are more than a social services organization. We are a community of like-minded citizens coming together to create a more peaceful and just society for all–and we need your help. Join us and help YWCA Clark County build a fearless future where all people can live free of harm and oppression.