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Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist

Who is not getting the Economic Impact Payment?

Friday, May 22, 2020

by Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Evanston/North Shore Financial Education Specialist The COVID 19 pandemic has reduced domestic violence survivors’ options of getting out of their abusive relationship. Contact with family members, access to social services, filing of orders of protection, going to shelters, computer access, and more are not easily available. When the Economic Impact Payments… Continue Reading Who is not getting the Economic Impact Payment?

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Stand Against Racism will take place virtually April 20-26

Thursday, April 16, 2020

YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s annual Stand Against Racism, a popular community event that draws thousands to the streets of Evanston and Skokie each April, will be held next week but with a twist. Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder in support of eliminating racism, families, schools, faith-based groups, and other organizations are invited to participate virtually the week… Continue Reading Stand Against Racism will take place virtually April 20-26

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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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Equal Pay Day and COVID-19

Monday, April 6, 2020

by Julie McBratney, Director of Communications Last Monday was Equal Pay Day, a day it was admittedly hard to focus on this year amidst the upheaval of COVID-19. It’s hard for us to focus on anything other than getting the help and services needed to the most economically vulnerable among us. And that population is… Continue Reading Equal Pay Day and COVID-19

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A suggested action plan for your Economic Impact Payment

Friday, April 3, 2020

The following has been put together by our Women’s Economic Advancement team for participants in our Basic Money Management program. It also can be helpful for anyone who is low-to-moderate income. (updated April 3, 2020) Please note that financial information is constantly changing and doesn’t replace any financial advice that best serves your specific circumstances… Continue Reading A suggested action plan for your Economic Impact Payment

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RAPID RESPONSE: Senate Must Pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is mounting some of the biggest challenges and disrupting operations and lives across the country. We are currently facing unprecedented times that require swift and immediate action. The House did their job. It’s time for the Senate to act! Each day, the rapid developments of COVID-19 bring significant challenges and pressures… Continue Reading RAPID RESPONSE: Senate Must Pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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The Power of Women in Philanthropy

Friday, February 28, 2020

by Brenda Asare, Campaign Counsel, The Alford Group The face of who is considered a philanthropist is changing. There is growing recognition and research on the role that women’s philanthropy plays in tackling urgent and critical issues like closing the inequality wealth gap, reducing violence, enabling workforce development, and advancing social justice. Research bears out… Continue Reading The Power of Women in Philanthropy

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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

Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist

“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 Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Evanston, IL, September 3, 2019 – 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 fifth consecutive time that YWCA Evanston/North Shore has earned a four-star rating, which is the evaluating organization’s highest distinction. “It’s… Continue Reading YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore reaches out to young men with compassion and creativity

Friday, July 26, 2019

Evanston, IL – Although it’s summer, many teen boys from Evanston and Skokie are spending time in class. But these classes aren’t academic. Instead, they are designed to help adolescent males take an in-depth look at themselves and grow into the non-violent adults they want to be. It’s all part of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s violence… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore reaches out to young men with compassion and creativity

We’re committed to the safety and security of immigrants

Thursday, July 11, 2019

We want to state clearly the position of YWCA USA:  YWCA is committed to ensuring that those seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination. Current immigration policies have re-traumatized survivors of violence, heightened fears, and exacerbated discrimination against immigrant communities. [We] must prioritize the safety of… Continue Reading We’re committed to the safety and security of immigrants

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from its new culinary program

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On June 20, the lobby at YWCA Evanston/North Shore was filled with family members, YWCA staffers, and other well-wishers as members of YW Culinary’s first-ever graduating class received recognition and applause. YW Culinary is a new program created by YWCA Evanston/North Shore to prepare low- to moderate-income women for success in the food service industry,… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from its new culinary program

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Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

Friday, May 17, 2019

Those who work in salons are in a unique position to see signs of relationship abuse. Now a new law in Illinois requires that all salon professionals (hair stylists, manicurists, etc.) receive training on sexual assault and domestic violence so they’re better equipped to respond to their clients. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a certified provider… Continue Reading Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

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Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Monday, April 15, 2019

By Kristen White, chief operating officer, YWCA Evanston/North Shore (condensed from remarks at the Flying Fish awards ceremony on April 4, 2019) People often ask us why YWCA Evanston/North Shore is involved in swimming.  They do not see how swimming is related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. However, the history of… Continue Reading Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tiffany McDowell, director of the Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, was recently selected as part of the spring 2019 cohort of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s “Willie’s Warriors” Leadership Initiative. The initiative brings together black women leaders in honor of Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow, creating a network and pipeline of leaders who are committed… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”

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Flying Fish Swim School awarded grant from USA Swimming Foundation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish Swim School was chosen as one of 85 “Make a Splash” local partner programs to receive grant funding in 2019. The foundation’s $4,500 grant will go toward the Flying Fish Swim School’s ongoing efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons to local… Continue Reading Flying Fish Swim School awarded grant from USA Swimming Foundation

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Sawsan and Amal’s Story

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Joining YWCA in fall 2018 has opened new doors for my daughter, Amal, a lovely third grader diagnosed with generalized anxiety and sensory integration dysfunction a few years back. The journey into regaining strength, confidence, coping skills, and battling worries and fears has been full of twists and turns for both of us; but we… Continue Reading Sawsan and Amal’s Story

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DV Survivors and the Coordinated Entry System

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Something new and very critical that we’re now able to offer at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is direct access to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) through our Housing Specialist/DV Assessor, Katie Scheuber. What does this mean? It means that Katie can assist survivors of domestic violence in accessing affordable housing resources through the Coordinated Entry System.… Continue Reading DV Survivors and the Coordinated Entry System