Evanston/North Shore

May 2016

This is a busy time of year at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. From the Stand Against Racism, to our first-ever racial justice summit, to our upcoming Race Against Hate, we've been working hard to bring people together to eliminate racism.

Eliminating racism is a bold mission. We know that. And we know that change won't happen overnight. But change does happen. I hope you'll read the story below about the Stand Against Racism that includes a woman of color talking about the positive changes she's witnessed.

Stories like hers remind us that we can challenge racism and make our communities better, especially when we get as many people as possible - committed people like you -involved in the process.

Thank you for your commitment to racial justice, and for your ongoing support.

Karen Singer

Thousands Stand Against Racism


On April 29, thousands of Evanston and Skokie residents publicly declared their intolerance of racism during YWCA's annual Stand Against Racism. "I can feel the shift in a positive direction," said a first-time participant.

Read more here 

Racial Justice Summit a Resounding Success

On May 5 and 6, we sponsored our first-ever racial justice summit, which 170 people attended. Speaking at the summit, CEO Karen Singer said, "We all have a
responsibility to embrace this work."

Link to films of keynote speeches by Dr. Robin DiAngelo and Dr. Brittney Cooper

A Community Member Gives Thanks for YWCA's "Tireless Work in Racial Equity"

"Everywhere I turn - churches, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces - there are conversations happening that would not be, without your work." This was from an email we received from a community member.

Read more here

Race Against Hate is June 19

Our 17th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate is less than a month away!

We could use your help in the following ways:

  • Plant a lawn sign in your yard to help spread the word! Signs are available just inside the front door of our building.
  • Volunteer! We need over 300 volunteers to help in the week leading up to the Race and at the Race itself. If you're interested, please contact Race Director Trimmy Stamell at tstamell@ywcae-ns.org or 847-864-8445, ext. 121.

This is a positive community event you don't want to miss! Proceeds from the Race benefit the work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, especially in the areas of violence prevention and racial justice.

Register for the Race today! 

New Guidelines for In-Kind Donations

We are deeply grateful to all of our donors. If you or your organization provide in-kind donations to YWCA or our emergency shelter, please know that our in-kind donation policy has changed.

View in-kind donation guidelines 

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