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Dear Friends,

If you were able to join us for our Equity Summit on April 10-11, I hope you were inspired by Dr. Gail Christopher’s words about racial healing and transformation. 

She implored us to envision a future in which all human lives are valued equally. She then noted that we must take concrete steps toward this, the first of which is to ask, “where are we now?”

Our upcoming report on Equity in Evanston, does just that. It provides a current snapshot of the gaps and barriers preventing some of our neighbors from reaching their full potential. We shared the preliminary findings of this report at the summit and you can read these findings here.

The Equity in Evanston report is just a step, but it’s a starting point for how we can enact real change in Evanston and other local communities, too.  

As part of our mission, we endeavor to give all people access to the same opportunities so they have a fair shot at success, regardless of their background or identity. As Dr. Christopher said, we want to make the “hierarchy of human value a historic relic.” 

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of this important work.

Karen Singer
Registration is now open for the 20th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 16.

And, if you’re looking for ways to get both your mind and body in shape for the race, check out these creative ideas: Getting Ready for the Race.
Racism affects us all. By standing together, we raise awareness and build community. This year, we’re devoting two days to the Stand Against Racism. Please join us for The Stand in Evanston on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30 pm along Ridge Avenue and in Skokie on Thursday, April 25 at 10:30 am in front of Village Hall and Skokie Public Library.
Tiffany McDowell named one of "Willie's Warriors"
Congratulations to Tiffany McDowell, director of our Equity Institute, who was recently selected as part of the spring 2019 cohort of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s “Willie’s Warriors” Leadership Initiative, which is named for Willie Barrow.

Read more here.
How swimming is connected to YWCA's mission
At the YWCA Flying Fish awards ceremony on April 4, our COO Kristen White talked about the relationship between swimming and eliminating racism and empowering women. Read a condensed version of Kristen’s insightful remarks about “swimming suffragists” and civil rights “wade-ins” here.

Also, congratulations to our swimmers who were honored at the ceremony as marathon award winners (this year’s marathon raised $75,000 for YWCA programs) and outstanding swimmers.

Flying Fish swimmers take sixth at national invitational

Approximately 50 swimmers from YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish swim team traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, in late March for the Sun Kissed Invitational. The team competed against teams from across the country and placed sixth overall. Read more here
Save May 18-19 for Oz Relay!
All community members, serious swimmers or not, are invited to participate in our annual Oz Relay, which generates funds to give children access to swim lessons. The 24-hour relay will take place on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Learn more here. https://www.ywca-ens.org/oz-relay/
Women's networking event to benefit YWCA's domestic violence shelter
On Wednesday, April 24, a group of professionals, including make-up artist Rabecca Ann and photographer Daniela Cardili, will host a beauty and business event at Industrious Evanston at 909 Davis St. Proceeds from the event will benefit YWCA’s emergency shelter for women and families affected by domestic violence. Learn more and purchase tickets below.
Become a monthly donor and make your giving easier 
You can make a difference all year long by giving monthly to YWCA. It’s easy, just click “recurring gift” on the donation form.  

For just $10 a month, you can support survivors as they move from abuse and trauma, to healing and hope. Your gift supports …

  • emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence
  • longer-term housing and support services for women and children
  • counseling and safety planning
  • legal services support 
  • financial education workshops and coaching
  • job readiness training and housing referrals

Please don’t wait! Become a Monthly Donor now—because your gift makes a difference. 
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