Evanston/North Shore

August 2017

As you know, state lawmakers finally passed a budget in early July. We have been assured that we will be paid the $460,000 for domestic violence services that the state contracted with us to provide last year.

The lack of a state budget and this overdue payment created enormous stress and a financial burden for YWCA Evanston/North Shore. We had to lay off staff and borrow against our line of credit -- and incur finance charges -- to keep our vital programs operating. This was an extremely difficult situation, but we were undeterred in finding solutions.

For greater insight, I encourage you to read Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children released by the Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola University Chicago's Center for Urban Research and Learning.

I want to thank you for your unwavering support during this time. From calling and emailing state lawmakers to offering generous financial gifts, your steadfast commitment to YWCA Evanston/North Shore programs made a difference. We, and the thousands of survivors of domestic violence that we serve annually, are grateful.

Ricky Byrdsong Jr. on the course at the 18th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, named in honor of his father.

Race Against Hate raises money for Violence Prevention and Racial Equity programs

Many thanks to all who ran, walked or volunteered at the annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 18 in support of our mission. Read more here.


Flying Fish Swim Lessons Named "Best of 2017"

YWCA Evanston/North Shore's Flying Fish swim lesson program was named "best swim school" in Make It Better's "Best of 2017" list. Read more here.

Open registration for fall lessons starts August 14. Register here!

"The YWCA Flying Fish are well-known for their phenomenal learn-to-swim program and their skilled Flying Fish swim team, all the while encouraging the positive messages of civil rights and social justice."

Make It Better, on naming the YWCA Flying Fish "best swim school" for 2017

Flying Fish Swimmer Excels Regional Paralympic Games, Junior Nationals

Thirteen-year-old Jordy Heinrich competed in the 20th annual Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games for Paralympic sports in June. She also earned four medals swimming in the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals in July. Read about Jordy's successhere.

YWomen x 10 Celebration set for Nov. 10

Our annual YWomen Leadership Awards event turns ten this year. We're celebrating with a new venue, a new night (Friday, Nov. 10) and a refreshed program. To learn more or purchase a table, contact Trimmy Stamell at tstamell@ywcae-ns.org.

Racial Justice Action Update: Our Let's Talk @ Lunch Participants Have a Good Idea

The U.S. Department of Justice is talking about filing suit against some colleges and universities, because the use of affirmative action in colleges and universities discriminates against white applicants. We're asking this month's Let's Talk @ Lunch participants: How can we use our voices, and our understanding of how racism has operated in our country, to help people understand, once and for all, that there is no such thing as "reverse racism"?  

Participants at last week's LT@L decided to use their "alumni power". They will send notes to the schools from which they graduated, one to the President and one to the Alumni magazine, asking the school to take a stand on this issue, by stating that they will refuse to change admission policies that recognize the disparity that has existed for decades. We hope you'll consider doing this as well. We'll also be talking about this topic:  

  • Tues, Aug. 15 Noon - 1:00pm Skokie Public Library 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie (Funded by a grant from the Skokie Community Foundation)
  • Thurs Aug 17 Noon - 1:00pm YWCA Evanston/North Shore 1215 Church St, Evanston Room 207     

Please join us on Wednesday, August 23rd for a Summer Wine Tasting at Terra & Vine in Evanston!

Learn more about rose` wines from expert sommelier Alpana Singh, and help support YWCA programs at the same time! Click here to purchase your ticket. 

Monthly donations help sustain us

Here's another easy way you can support YWCA programs... become a Sustaining Donor! For as little as $10 a month, you can ensure that we can provide emergency shelter and longer-term housing to domestic violence survivors. You can provide swim scholarships to help kids learn to swim. You can support racial justice dialogues and equity trainings that strengthen our communities. Check Monthly Donation when you make your online donation. It's easy! 

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