Q: Where is the YWCA USA located?
YWCA USA is located in Washington, D.C. Our address is 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036.
Q: How do I find my local YWCA?
Click here to find the a YWCA in your community.
Q: Is the YWCA and its local associations only for women?
YWCAs focus on women's needs and issues. Its programs are designed around them and managed by women. The organization includes men as employees, on committees and advisory boards, as well as in many programs. YWCAs recognize the role men play in eliminating racism and empowering women.
Q: What is the purpose of the YWCA?
Eliminating racism and empowering women are Hallmark programs of the YWCA. The programs administered at your local YWCA carry out this mission and reflect our brand. They are what distinguishes the YWCA from other organizations. To find out more, click here.
Q: How many people do you serve?
The YWCA represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has almost 250 associations across the United States. YWCAs can also be found in more than 100 countries.
Q: When was the YWCA founded?
In 1855, the first YWCA was established in London, England. The United States developed its first chapter in 1858. The first National Board was established in 1906.
Q: Is the YWCA a “social services” agency?
Yes. Local YWCAs provide services to meet the needs of women in their communities. Depending on local programs, these may include: child care, rape crisis intervention, domestic violence assistance, shelters for domestic violence victims and their families, job training, career counseling, entrepreneurial training for teens and fitness training. More importantly, the YWCA creates a community among women, develops women leadership in a supportive environment, fosters diversity and brings about change through advocacy.
Some local associations have fitness classes, programs and facilities as part of their programs to empower women. Each YWCA looks at its community to determine program needs. All YWCAs programs are created to fit within the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Q: How is the national YWCA structured?
The YWCA is a national organization with more than 230 local associations across the United States.
At the YWCA Annual Meeting in May 2012, a transition from the prior regional structure to a national federated structure was approved, followed by the adoption of new bylaws in November 2012.
The goal of the new organizational structure is to leverage the collective strength of local associations and the national organization as a national movement. Under the new structure, the YWCA USA will provide a range of technical assistance and capacity building services to local associations, safeguard the integrity of the YWCA brand and maintain a strong national presence that will position the iconic, multi-tiered YWCA organization for increased stability and sustainability for the future.