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Evanston Hospital employees choose YWCA Evanston/North Shore as recipient of $5,000 gift

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

YWCA Evanston/North Shore announced that it recently received a donation of $5,000 from Evanston Hospital, which is part of NorthShore University Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system headquartered in Evanston. According to a NorthShore University Health System spokesperson, the employees of Evanston Hospital voted to give the donation to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, selecting from… Continue Reading Evanston Hospital employees choose YWCA Evanston/North Shore as recipient of $5,000 gift

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore receives $9 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Thursday, December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott, a billionaire philanthropist and author known for supporting organizations committed to gender and racial equity, recently announced a gift of $9 million to YWCA Evanston/North Shore. YWCA Evanston/North Shore was one of 384 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a gift from Scott after a thorough vetting by a team of advisors. “To select… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore receives $9 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

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Pandemic doesn’t stop Northlight from working with survivors of domestic violence at YWCA

Monday, December 7, 2020

Since 2016, Skokie-based Northlight Theatre has teamed up with YWCA Evanston/North Shore to offer arts programs to survivors of domestic violence. This partnership has included tickets to Northlight productions and in-person workshops. The partnership was humming along as usual this year until the pandemic hit. According to Christina Lepri, Northlight’s director of education and community… Continue Reading Pandemic doesn’t stop Northlight from working with survivors of domestic violence at YWCA

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore ceremonially breaks ground on expansion  

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Although YWCA Evanston/North Shore began working on its campus expansion and renovation several years ago, the organization held a small, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony on September 17 at the YWCA to officially launch the project. “This morning marks an incredible milestone in the work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO in… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore ceremonially breaks ground on expansion  

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Want to support our most vulnerable? Here’s how

Friday, September 18, 2020

Walk around any suburban neighborhood these days, and you’ll see lawn signs that say “We support our essential workers! We’re all in this together.” Are we making good on that promise? The coronavirus pandemic has heightened systemic social injustices and women are overrepresented in many of the fields most affected—education, health care, food and hospitality.… Continue Reading Want to support our most vulnerable? Here’s how

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Talking to Your Kids About Racism

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This summer has challenged us when it comes to how we approach conversations about racism and the systemic racial injustices that permeate our society. From social media slide-show style infographics to restructuring diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout corporate America, there has been a national “call-in” for discussions on race relations. It’s on the news, and it’s even been on Nickelodeon. At YWCA, we’ve been sounding the alarm all… Continue Reading Talking to Your Kids About Racism

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That’s not violence: How the socialization of white women affects women of color

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

YWCA’s Equity Institute recently added “The History and Socialization of Oppression” to our workshop offerings.  Understanding the ways we’ve been socialized into thoughts and behaviors that harm both ourselves and others is an important step toward transformation.  A recent Facebook post by our Equity and Inclusion colleague, Elisabeth “Biz” Lindsay-Ryan, really brought this point home.… Continue Reading That’s not violence: How the socialization of white women affects women of color

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How to be actively “anti-racist”

Friday, June 5, 2020

by Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Ph.D. , Provost Emerita and Professor of History, Dominican University Forgive me (and indulge me) if I am preaching. But a white friend (I would even call him an aspiring ally) just asked me what is the difference between being non-racist and being anti-racist, especially because he knows me to have taken… Continue Reading How to be actively “anti-racist”

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Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race 

Friday, April 10, 2020

by Tiffany McDowell, YWCA Equity Institute Director The world as we know it is changing. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cracks in our fragile system. While our communities have faced past crises with resilience and strength, the current situation shows that the safety nets we hoped would be available are not enough. Some… Continue Reading Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race 

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Why I support YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Thursday, February 27, 2020

by Deborah Price, YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors I spent my career in two male-dominated industries, academic medicine and automotive manufacturing, so I know from experience how women have been left behind in terms of empowerment, financial stability, equity and safety. Through employees, friends, acquaintances and news media, I came to realize how many… Continue Reading Why I support YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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“Trust” in the Age of the Internet

Thursday, February 6, 2020

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, or #TDVAM. Hallie Cohen is one of our Violence Prevention Educators at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. She facilitates a program called Building Healthy Relationships on recognizing the difference between healthy versus unhealthy or abusive relationships, understanding consent, setting boundaries, and more with students aged 8-18. In my… Continue Reading “Trust” in the Age of the Internet

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

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“I need to see your receipts for everything.” Breaking free from financial abuse.

Friday, October 4, 2019

By Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist Tracking your expenses is one of the ways you can have control of your money. As a financial educator, I tell my students that a budget is one of the most efficient tools for money management. You can control your money, allocate it efficiently, and reach your financial… Continue Reading “I need to see your receipts for everything.” Breaking free from financial abuse.

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites community to participate in panel discussion on National Day of Racial Healing

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In recognition of the National Day of Racial Healing, which occurs the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host a virtual panel discussion that is free and open to the public. Titled “Racial Healing and Reparations: Two Steps Toward Transformation,” the panel discussion will take place from noon to 1:30… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites community to participate in panel discussion on National Day of Racial Healing

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Alejandra Y. Castillo to Step Down as CEO of YWCA USA

Friday, January 8, 2021

Contact: Courtney Holsworth, cholsworth@rabengroup.com, (989) 572-8162 Today, YWCA USA announced Alejandra Y. Castillo will step down as CEO on March 31, 2021. The YWCA USA Board of Directors will launch a national search for a new CEO to lead the organization in its pursuit of racial justice, gender equity, and help strengthen its national network of local… Continue Reading Alejandra Y. Castillo to Step Down as CEO of YWCA USA