Centennial Celebration


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 ksacamano@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

Special Centennial Events:

April 14 – “In A Perfect World…” Film Showcase at Kiggins Theater, 6-9 pm. Enjoy an evening of creativity and vision for a perfect world, free of violence and racism. YWCA Clark County invited filmmakers of all ages to submit their vision using film as their medium. We will show the selected submissions during this special evening. Tickets available beginning March 15th.

April 28-30th – Stand Against Racism Events. YWCA Clark County will join our community partners and YWCA USA in taking a stand against racism in our community and across the United States. It is a time to call for reflection, listening, greater understanding and respect for all members of our community. More information available in February.

May 6th – Portraits of Clark County Women a special exhibition by Painter, Hilarie Couture, at Boomerang Café on Main Street, near our very first YWCA Clark County lunch counter. Free

May 18thHello Vancouver helps YWCA Celebrate its 100th Anniversary. More information and tickets available in March.

May 19th – Social Change Special Feature Film at Kiggins Theater 7-9 pm. More information available soon.

July 10th – YWCA Clark County Summer Reunion. Join us at Esther Short Park underneath the clock tower for a special gathering of all those individuals who were involve with YWCA over our long history. A special program will begin at 1:30 pm. Reunion from 1-3 pm.

September 10 – Centennial Gala at The Hilton Vancouver.

Join us at 5:30 for the Celebration of the Century with a cocktail party, multi-course dinner with wine pairing, special program and an after party with dancing, dessert and a night cap.

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