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COVID-19: ‘The equalizer’ highlights our inequities

Thursday, April 23, 2020

COVID-19: ‘The equalizer’ highlights our inequities. Racism should be declared a public health crisis. Lisa McDuffie, President/CEO YWCA Northwest Ohio Throughout our history, the United States has repeatedly disenfranchised and silenced communities of color. Marginalized communities have endured endless campaigns of exploitation, violence, mass incarceration, housing discrimination, and economic disinvestment. Recent reports are showing how… Continue Reading COVID-19: ‘The equalizer’ highlights our inequities

Domestic Violence Survivors We Are Open for You!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

YWCA Northwest Ohio to Domestic Violence Survivors Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: “We Are Open for You” YWCA Northwest Ohio is working in compliance with Ohio’s “Shelter in Place” mandate. Our domestic violence shelter staff is working diligently to continue to provide safety, shelter and support services, while maintaining the health and wellbeing of our clients… Continue Reading Domestic Violence Survivors We Are Open for You!

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Saturday, March 21, 2020

At the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, the safety, health and well-being of the individuals and families we serve are at the top of our priorities. Like you, we are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In these unprecedented times, we will continue to provide services in the safest manner possible. Domestic Violence Shelter: As our… Continue Reading A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

RAPE CRISIS CENTER ADDS NEW VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Four new volunteers completed some 30 hours of training to prepare for work with the YWCA’s Rape Crisis Center. The six-week training program includes segments on trauma-informed care, human trafficking, working with minority populations, and drug factors in sexual assault. The volunteers will help provide coverage for the Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline and advocacy… Continue Reading RAPE CRISIS CENTER ADDS NEW VOLUNTEERS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

August 2 YWCA Health Fair, 1018 Jefferson Avenue. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free blood pressure and blood sugar testing, PAP smears, clinical breast examinations, Vision and hearing screenings, bone density scans, and HIV testing. August 10 28th annual Pollyball Tournament, International Park. Proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Assistance program. For… Continue Reading UPCOMING EVENTS

NORTHWEST OHIO YWCA HOSTS CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE AS PART OF ITS “STAND AGAINST RACISM” INITIATIVE

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

More than 200 people attended a lecture by renowned educator and anti-racist activist Jane Elliott as part of the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, an event held late in April on the campus of the University of Toledo Medical Center. Elliott looked back over the past 50 years since her famous brown eyes-blue eyes experiment that focused on… Continue Reading NORTHWEST OHIO YWCA HOSTS CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE AS PART OF ITS “STAND AGAINST RACISM” INITIATIVE

LOCAL YWCA LEADER VISITS CAPITOL HILL TO SUPPORT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ON BEHALF OF WOMEN

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

YWCA President Lisa McDuffie was among hundreds of YWCA leaders from across the country who met in Washington, D.C., earlier this month at the YWCA-USA national convention. Among planned activities were meetings with Senate and House staff members to discuss legislative actions that affect women and children. Issues that YWCA leaders discussed with legislative staff… Continue Reading LOCAL YWCA LEADER VISITS CAPITOL HILL TO SUPPORT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ON BEHALF OF WOMEN

FREE LEGAL CLINIC DRAWS FULL HOUSE

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The YWCA’s domestic violence shelter hosted a free legal clinic last month at the YWCA. The clinic brought participants together with local attorneys to get help with civil – not criminal – cases. In the two-hour session, more than 30 clients got answers to questions about divorce, child support, housing, and other topics. The program… Continue Reading FREE LEGAL CLINIC DRAWS FULL HOUSE

TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nearly 50 seniors who participated in the YWCA’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) graduated last month from Toledo Public Schools. Two TOP teens — twins Deontae and Deontre Wright — were valedictorian and salutatorian at Scott High School. The two young men received full tuition scholarships to attend The Ohio State University in the Fall. For more information about TOP… Continue Reading TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP)

YWCA NAMES NEW RACIAL JUSTICE DIRECTOR

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The YWCA has named Kelley Webb as its racial justice director, a newly created position that reflects the organization’s mission “to eliminate racism.” Webb, a Ph.D. student at the University of Toledo working toward a degree in educational theory and social foundations, has focused her efforts on educating others about issues of racial justice. She holds a… Continue Reading YWCA NAMES NEW RACIAL JUSTICE DIRECTOR

YWCA SUPPORTS UNIVERSAL PRE-K MODEL

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

More than 80 percent of 3- and 4-year olds in Toledo are not ready for kindergarten. And so, led by the Office of the Mayor, officials from Toledo Public Schools, and a group of community leaders, efforts are underway to increase the number of kindergarten-ready children in Toledo by offering quality preschool opportunities to 4-year… Continue Reading YWCA SUPPORTS UNIVERSAL PRE-K MODEL

DONOR PROFILE

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arrow Dickerson – among the Circle of Champions Those who support YWCA programs come from all walks of life and with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Their involvement with the YWCA may derive from first-hand experiences or those of friends or family. All share a passion and commitment for a cause. Arrow Dickerson is… Continue Reading DONOR PROFILE

A LETTER TO THE CEO, YWCA EL PASO

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dear Sylvia: I was deeply moved when I heard your plea for support at NAYE for immigrant women and children. Recognizing that the YWCA historically has supported women and children when they felt most vulnerable, I felt compelled to respond in some way. I appealed to our staff, our friends, and our community for personal… Continue Reading A LETTER TO THE CEO, YWCA EL PASO

MAKING GIFTS COUNT

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Many people make financial gifts to the YWCA each year. And we’re grateful. If you are looking to make a difference and even extend your gift, try pledging a monthly or quarterly contribution to the YWCA. Recurring gifts reduce the burden that a one-time gift may represent. Maybe it’s difficult to give $120 as a… Continue Reading MAKING GIFTS COUNT

DESPITE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, YWCA PROGRAMS DEAL WITH VIOLENCE DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Not everyone experiences peace on earth during the holiday season. This past December, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter housed 28 adults and 25 children fleeing violence at home. In addition, shelter staff fielded 53 crisis calls and had 26 individuals walk in for services. Staff also made nearly 400 referrals and helped survivors develop almost… Continue Reading DESPITE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, YWCA PROGRAMS DEAL WITH VIOLENCE DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

YWCA CHILD CARE PROGRAM RECOGNIZED FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS TRAINING

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The YWCA’s Child Care Resource and Referral department (CCR&R) is one of four such programs across the country that were recognized for having developed and delivered business training programs for operators of day care programs. Most child care operators have training in early childhood education, says Erin Holleran, who coordinates the local CCR&R Business Success … Continue Reading YWCA CHILD CARE PROGRAM RECOGNIZED FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS TRAINING

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Thursday, February 14, 2019

ENCOURAGING DIALOGUE TO CHANGE During February, Black History Month, the YWCA invites local businesses or community organizations to schedule a facilitator-led Dialogue to Change program. Developed by the late Reverend Karen Shepler and the Toledo Community Coalition to address institutional racism, Dialogue to Change invites participants to discuss and examine racism from different points of… Continue Reading BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! MILESTONES: A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN IS ALMOST HERE

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 27, at the Seagate Center. There’s still time for your business to advertise in the program or for you to purchase tickets for the YWCA’s annual Milestones: A Tribute to Women. The 2019 awardees are, for science, Mary Fedderke, recently retired director of institutional advancement at the Toledo Zoo, and,… Continue Reading MARK YOUR CALENDARS! MILESTONES: A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN IS ALMOST HERE

POLLYBALL TOURNAMENT RAISES $76,000 TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER SERVICES

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

POLLYBALL TOURNAMENT RAISES $76,000 TO SUPPORT BEAST CANCER SERVICES Thanks to the Hylant family and to support from the Promedica health care organization, as well as dozens of corporate and business sponsors, the YWCA’s Healthy Connections program has received more than $76,000 to support its comprehensive education and breast cancer resource center. The check was… Continue Reading POLLYBALL TOURNAMENT RAISES $76,000 TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER SERVICES