What We Do

The history of the YWCA is the history of progress in America.

Established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, we opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's rights and civil rights.

We continue to evolve to meet today's challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. We've shifted to a bottoms-up, grassroots structure. We've launched a revitalized brand that reaffirms the mission of working aggressively for women and people of color. And we're engaging women to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.

From lobbying for pay equity and hate crimes legislation to the increased funding for Head Start and the Violence Against Women Act, the YWCA advocates on Capitol Hill while employees and volunteers empower women and girls in our communities.

YWCA Northeast Indiana's advocacy issues reflect Our Mission and the values of our organization. We promote solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.

  • Empowering Women - YWCA Northeast Indiana provides a full continuum of care for victims and potential victims of domestic violence - from prevention education to long-term support after the crisis. We also advocate locally for issues such as pay equity.
  • Eliminating Racism - We also support for the diverse immigrant and refugee communities in Northeast Indiana by providing classes such as Citizenship and English as a Second Language, and assistance connecting to local resources.

We hope you'll explore this website and our Facebook page to find out more about What We Do! If you have any questions, please feel free to visit Our Staff listing page to connect with the appropriate staff member, or simply call us at (260) 424-4908!