what we do:
The YWCA opens doors to opportunity and
self-sufﬁciency for women and families facing
poverty, violence and discrimination. With more than 100 years experience, the YWCA is the leading organization for moving women and families out of crisis and empowering them to achieve lasting independence.
The YWCA’s mission is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, eliminate racism and achieve equal opportunities for all people.
We create innovative programs and partnerships that have been proven to help people and communities succeed and have been replicated across the nation, like our Family Village at Redmond, Opportunity Place in downtown Seattle, and Family Village at Issaquah.
We believe that, working together, we can create a community where:
- All women and families have a safe and stable place to live.
- All adults are economically self-sufficient.
- All children and youth develop the skills they need for successful lives.
- All people live with dignity—free from violence, racism and discrimination.
Together with YWCA USA and YWCA’s across the country, our YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Our safety net of services includes: emergency assistance, shelter, safe and stable housing, personalized case management, counseling, employment assistance, career coaching, domestic violence advocacy and support groups, as well as mentoring, internships and opportunities for youth and future leaders, and access to needed health care for underserved populations including LBT, immigrant and AIDS/HIV-affected women.
Our work also focuses on eliminating the enduring disparities which disproportionately affect women and families of color in education, health care, housing and nearly every institution in our country. By teaching people how to navigate these everyday systems and reach their goals – by advocating for equity in policy, communications and access to services – we create a community where everyone lives with dignity and respect.
how do i get involved?
Visit our website and learn about the plethora of volunteer opportunities that you can become involved in. Whether you’re looking for a one time service event or interested in becoming invested in a long-term service project, there are many ways to become a YWCA volunteer. Visit our volunteer website for more information.