Covid-19 Emergency Relief

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Covid-19 Emergency Relief

Your support helps YWCA Evanston/North Shore continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children, women and their families. Donations will be directed to where they are most needed. Thank you!

For survivors of domestic violence, home is not a safe place to be. This week, in order to most effectively ensure the safety of our domestic violence shelter clients and staff, we have moved all residents to local hotel rooms with efficiency kitchens.  Our staff continues to deliver essential services. Read this week’s update from our CEO Karen Singer.


Ways to help RIGHT NOW:

Contribute to Covid-19 Relief

Woman and child at windowYour donation will help support critical needs for vulnerable families and domestic violence survivors.

Ten of the survivors currently living in shelter are continuing to go to work each day because the work they do is considered essential in this time of crisis. Not only can they not shelter in place in their own homes, they are out helping their communities in times of extraordinary need.


Donate essential in-kind supplies

Canned goods in a boxIf you are able to help by picking up some extra non-perishable items next time you shop, it would help ease our load tremendously. Here’s what we need now:

  • Gift cards to in $25 of $50 amounts to CVS and Target help women we are sheltering at local hotels buy essential items.
  • Disposable latex or nitrile gloves, size L or XL
  • “Bed in a Bag” sets – new twin size sheets, pillow cases and blanket
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes

All donations can either be mailed to us at 1215 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201. To arrange a drop off, contact Trimmy Stamell at or 847-602-9552. Any help you can provide will be very much appreciated!

We’re still here for you.

Legacy giving in a time of uncertainty

As devastating as COVID-19 is, a few silver linings shine through—our renewed focus on family, friends and those things we care about most.

Another silver lining is the gift of time. Time to think, and plan for the future. Many people are using this time to provide for their family’s future and support what matters most to them, by creating a will or estate plan.

Whether you already have a will, or you’re creating one now, we invite you to join the YWCA Legacy Circle. It’s easy to join—simply let us know of your intention to include a bequest gift to YWCA Evanston/North Shore in your will or estate plans.

Bequests—gifts that are given through wills—are the simplest and most common type of estate planning you can do.  It costs you nothing today, and you can change your mind at any time.

By joining the YWCA Legacy Circle, you ensure that your passion and commitment to supporting domestic violence survivors, vulnerable families, racial justice and/or aquatics will continue. Your bequest gift to YWCA continues your passion and creates your legacy.

To learn more about the YWCA Legacy Circle and how you can create your own personal legacy,  please contact Kathy Slaughter – Vice President of Development at .

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