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YWCA: 160 Years of Action and Service


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

You can learn more about YWCA USA at their website by clicking HERE.

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

About YWCA Central Virginia

For over a hundred years, YWCA Central Virginia has been serving the women, children, and families of Central Virginia.  Founded in 1912 by a dedicated group of women, who had incidentally been told that creating an organization for women and by women would never fly, YWCA Central Virginia has grown and adapted to meet the varying needs of the communities we serve.

YWCA Central Virginia serves seven counties and one city, an area of 4,400 square miles with a population of over 400,000 community members.  We currently host three key direct service programs:

YWCA Central Virginia Reports & Finances