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What We Do

Everything we do at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is based on the belief that all women have the right to be safe and choose the direction of their lives. Our programs address the fact that far too many women experience violence, and lack economic security, and these issues disproportionately impact women of color. If we want to empower all women, we must also tackle racism.

We work proactively to transform individual lives through direct service and education and to change institutions through training and advocacy.

All of our programs address three overlapping areas of focus: Racial Justice and Civil Rights, Economic Empowerment of Women, and Health and Safety for Women and Girls.

Learn more about our work by watching the video below:

Your Mission. Our Mission.

Read our 2018 Annual Impact Report below:

Don't want to run in the Race Against Hate? WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! 📢
Options include volunteering at one of our packet pick-up shifts, stuffing race goody bags, or helping on race day. Click the link in our bio to sign up for a shift!

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Transformational community outreach explores both the organization and community building “The Table” together. Join us on June 9th for Redefining Community Outreach: Transformation over Transaction, where participants will learn how to deepen their community outreach to create more impact. Click the link in our bio to register!

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Don't miss our last Advanced Financial Workshop! A study by Edward Jones uncovered four essential “pillars” that can impact your quality of life in retirement. Come learn about these essential and eye-opening insights that can help you get ready for your next chapter. Click the link in our bio to register!

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YWCA Evanston-North Shore is devastated by the recent racially motivated hate crime that took place in Evanston at Haven Middle School on Friday, and the fatal act of white supremacist terrorism in Buffalo that resulted in the tragic loss of 10 lives, a total of 13 victims – 11 of whom were Black.
The threat and deadly impact of racism-fueled violence is very real and present around the country – including in our own backyard. These events clearly demonstrate the necessity of working together as a community not just on the day of local large-scale, anti-racism events like YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism and Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate – but every day throughout the year. Read more on our blog.

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Looking for something your middle schooler can do this summer? ☀️ Join us for our Summer of Sex Ed! This free program is designed not just to deliver information, but to engage young people to develop comfort discussing sensitive subjects, become critical thinkers, build healthy relationships, and become advocates for their own health and wellness. Click the link in our bio to sign up for one of our three sessions!

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Are you ready for this year's Oz Relay? 💦 Here's a sneak peek of the t-shirt design! Anyone above the age of 14 can sign up for a swim slot to raise money for swim scholarships. Register at the link in our bio!

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Take action to change lives! Your gift will bring safety and stability to those who need it most. And, you'll double your impact because your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Donate now and help unlock an additional $20,000 for critical YWCA programs. Support our critical work by clicking the link in our bio.

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Don't miss the last day of early bird pricing! 💨 Register for the Race Against Hate for only $39! Sale end at midnight tonight, click the link in our bio to register!

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Registration is open for our Aquatics Summer Camp! 🌊 Our half-day camp is centered on competitive swimming, learning and socializing.
We'll focus on developmentally-appropriate technique work and training, water safety, and having a lot of fun, in and out of the water. Swimmers can strengthen friendships and make new friends during each weekly session. Click the link in our bio to register!

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Early bird pricing is BACK for this weekend only! 📢 Register for the Race Against Hate for only $39! Early bird pricing ends Tuesday at midnight so don't sleep on this! Click the link in our bio to register!

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You can impact individuals across our communities by giving to YWCA.
Your gift provides domestic violence services, financial education, job training, and racial equity workshops. Your gift means women, children, and families will get the support they need to move forward. Your gift means hope for the future.
Ready to do more? Turn your compassion into action by making a gift today.
We’ve received a challenge grant from an anonymous funder that will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, and double your impact!

Donate Today!