100 Years of Empowerment!
What began as a lunch counter for working women has evolved to become a force of empowerment and safety for women, children and youth in our community. From our earliest days at the turn of the century, women used grass roots activism to advocate 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 suffrage, women’s rights in healthcare and the workplace and has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement since the 1940’s. In 2016, we continue to promote equal rights as a human right.
Over the decades we adapted our programs to respond to an ever-changing society. From the beginning we developed innovative programs to strengthen mind, body and spirit for those suffering from abuse and oppression. We have achieved so much and impacted hundreds of thousands of people throughout our history. It is a story of not only women helping women, but the whole community coming together to create a more peaceful and just society for all.
As we reflect back on all we have accomplished, we must also look ahead to the work still needed to fully empower women, eliminate racism, violence and oppression in Clark County. We are dedicated more than ever to the mission of our organization. As we look ahead to our second century, we will find new ways to engage the community in our efforts and seek opportunities for women and children to thrive. We invite every citizen of SW Washington to join us in this transformative work as volunteers, advocates, donors and partners. We are on a mission. Join us.
Centennial Giving Circles
Throughout the year, we are inviting groups of 10 supporters to raise $1,000 per group (just $100 per person) with the ultimate goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st. Do you and your group want to start a Centennial Giving Circle to help honor the survivors in our community? To learn more click here, or call Kate Sacamano, Director of Philanthropy.
Our Second Century Campaign
To commemorate our achievements and look ahead to the future, we have launched a three year campaign to raise $5.5 million to sustain our programs into the future and launch a Women’s Leadership Center. If you would like to learn more about how you can be part of Our Second Century, please contact Kate Sacamano at 360-906-9123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.