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Evanston Swims! Launches Sixth Season

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Evanston, IL – Evanston Swims!, a community collaboration that teaches water safety and swim instruction to Evanston second graders at no cost to their families, recently launched its sixth official season. Approximately 230 children have registered. “It is gratifying to watch this program continue to fulfill its mission, which is to give all Evanston schoolchildren… Continue Reading Evanston Swims! Launches Sixth Season

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore Finishes Strong in Purple Purse Challenge

Monday, November 12, 2018

Evanston, IL – YWCA Evanston/North Shore raised $355,405 in private donations to win second place nationwide in The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. The Purple Purse Challenge, which took place during the month of October, is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign centered on the role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence. Purple is… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore Finishes Strong in Purple Purse Challenge

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What Women Want 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

October 1, 2018, Washington, D.C. — Today, YWCA USA launched its report, What Women Want 2018, a new national survey of American women commissioned by the organization to identify women’s public policy priorities. The survey is part of YWCA’s newly-launched civic engagement effort to register 10,000 women to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, and to ensure women’s issues are… Continue Reading What Women Want 2018

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Peter Raffel Named Aquatics Manager at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Peter Raffel, who grew up swimming in YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s pools, has been named aquatics manager in the organization’s Flying Fish Aquatics program. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for all Flying Fish Swim School operations, including its award-winning learn-to-swim program. “I learned to swim here and I swam on the Flying… Continue Reading Peter Raffel Named Aquatics Manager at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers suggestions to help someone in an abusive relationship

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and research shows that at least 60 percent of us know a victim of domestic abuse. But what can we do to help? Sandy T. Williams, domestic violence residential and community services director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, offered these suggestions: Listen. If someone is confiding in you, resist the… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers suggestions to help someone in an abusive relationship

Healing Financially After Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

By Fabiola Alfonso, Financial Education Specialist, YWCA Evanston/North Shore After a financially abusive relationship, the road to financial well-being can be overwhelming, but it is not impossible.  According to NCADV, 99% of domestic violence survivors also suffer financial abuse and they have the additional challenge of rebuilding their financial life. Financial abuse can leave a… Continue Reading Healing Financially After Domestic Violence

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Tiffany McDowell to Lead Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Monday, October 8, 2018

YWCA Evanston/North Shore recently announced that Tiffany McDowell has been named director of the organization’s newly formed Equity Institute. McDowell is a community psychologist and she brings expertise in using an equity lens to inform policy, advocacy, and program evaluation. She will lead development of the Equity Institute’s strategy for comprehensive training and consulting throughout the… Continue Reading Tiffany McDowell to Lead Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore kicks off Purple Purse campaign

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Evanston, IL — YWCA Evanston/North Shore today kicked off its participation in The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Challenge, a fundraising and awareness campaign centered on the role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence. The Purple Purse Challenge will continue throughout October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the YWCA has installed a giant… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore kicks off Purple Purse campaign

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YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Monday, July 2, 2018

By YWCA Evanston/North Shore Evanston, IL, July 03, 2018 – YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive time that YWCA Evanston/North Shore has earned a four-star rating, which is the evaluating… Continue Reading YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

YWCA Evanston/North Shore event honors Victoria Dinges, Gloria Bond Clunie, and Kelley Cambry

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Evanston, IL – YWCA Evanston/North Shore honored Victoria Dinges, Gloria Bond Clunie, and Kelley Cambry at its annual YWomen Leadership Awards Celebration on October 13. The event, which was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, drew 450 attendees and raised more than $300,000 to support the work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. The… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore event honors Victoria Dinges, Gloria Bond Clunie, and Kelley Cambry