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                           It Feels SO GOOD To Give!

The holiday season can be especially difficult for women and children domestic violence survivors at our emergency safehouse. Though safe from their abusers, displaced women feel tremendous pressure to create a festive atmosphere even while struggling to meet basic needs.

The YWCA's Adopt-a-Family Program helps bridge the gap – it’s a fun and meaningful way to get into the holiday spirit while helping a family in need during a difficult time of year.

How can you get started? Fill out a sponsorship form here and indicate how you want to help. Still have questions? You can download commonly asked questions here, or call Diana at (831) 422-8602 ext. 252.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of women and children survivors of domestic violence...and their beloved pets, too!

 We Vow to Keep Families & Beloved Pets Together

Pets aren't immune to domestic violence.  Abusers often threaten, injure or kill their partners' or children's pets as a means of control or revenge.  When a woman decides to flee a violent relationship, she'll be able to take her pet to our shelter.  This is our dream - we need your help to make it a reality.  Learn more here. To watch our PSA, click here.

 Recognize the Signs of Domestic Violence  

 You can end domestic violence in your community by becoming familiar with the signs of abuse. Think you know what to look for? There's a lot more to domestic violence than a black eye - most signs are subtle and have nothing to do with physical scars and bruises.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline has an excellent resource to help you learn the signs so that you can help victims. Learn more here.

Our Shelter is Expanding! YOU Can Help via MC GIVES

Our confidentially located emergency shelter for women and children needs a remodel so it can expand services to more families and their pets. Community support will help add two large bedrooms, create storage space, and remodel a bathroom to include a tub so that moms can give their little ones baths. You can make a donation and stretch your gift by 15%! Learn how here.  Thank you so much!


 YWCA Monterey County ED Set to Depart Agency


Cheryl McCormick, Executive Director of the YWCA Monterey County, has announced that she will leave the YWCA in mid-December, after more than 2.5 years at the helm of the 43-year old organization. “Now is an excellent time for me to leave the YWCA and pave the way for new leadership to take this amazing nonprofit to the next level of growth".  Learn more here.

Meet our FY15-16 Board of Directors!


The YWCA-MC's board provides guidance on program strategy, governance, and helps secure funding for the organization’s operations.  Board service is a great way to make an impact in our community. We strive for inclusiveness and diversity at all levels, but your passion for serving survivors of domestic violence is critical.  Click here to learn more about our newest directors.

YWCA Monterey County • 236 Monterey Street • Salinas, CA 93901
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