Evanston/North Shore

January 2017

 "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. . . Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

 Martin Luther King Jr. wrote these words in the late 1950s in an account of the Montgomery bus boycott. While it's been 60 years since then, Dr. King's assessment resonates powerfully today. Progress doesn't just happen. It takes the passionate commitment of people who believe that change is possible - people like you who support the social justice work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

If you are wondering what more you, as a "dedicated individual," can do to continue to work for justice, I invite you to deepen your engagement with us. I invite you to march, stand, listen and talk. I invite you to be part of our many programs that harness the collective power of individuals to come together to eliminate racism, empower women, and work toward a more just and equitable community for all.

These are challenging times which require courage, compassion, and commitment. Thanks for joining us and thank you for generously supporting our year end fundraising. Because of you, our communities will be stronger in 2017.

Get personally engaged in working for justice

Here's how:


CEO Karen Singer in the kitchen of one of our longer-term housing apartments, which are nearing completion.

Our longer-term housing for survivors will open this spring

Help equip our apartments so they're ready when survivors move in

Our longstanding vision to provide longer-term housing to domestic violence survivors so they can achieve stability is nearing completion! We are almost finished renovating the 16 unit building, but we need your help equipping our apartments for survivors and their children.

If you can help by providing a donation of pots and pans, pillows, or blankets, it would help tremendously! Our domestic violence staff, in conjunction with our friends from Designs With Dignity, have selected the housewares to furnish each apartment and we have created a registry. We request that purchased only come from the registry to guarantee uniformity.

Check our "longer-term housing gift registry" to see what's needed. Thank you so much!

Find your inspiration: "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" closes January 22

There's still time to experience this moving exhibition that illustrates how ordinary people are leading the way to fight the oppression of women - at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and co-presented by YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Learn more here.


Justin Jennings (left) and Johnny Kellams were among the Flying Fish swimmers who competed in the Oswald Roper Memorial Meet in December.

Learn more about why we raise money for swim scholarships

YWCA Evanston/North Shore's Flying Fish swim team held its fourth annual Oswald "Oz" Roper Memorial Meet in December, generating $13,500 for the organization's "Oz Fund," which provides financial assistance to families participating in Flying Fish aquatics programs. Read more here.


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