Dear Friends,
Despite the darkness and dormancy of winter, January can be a time of healing and hope. On January 20, we will pause and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And, on the next day, January 21, which is the National Day of Racial Healing, we will launch racial healing circles for four days at various sites throughout Evanston.

These racial healing circles, which are open to adults who live, work, or worship in Evanston are a first for us and for Evanston. Racial healing circles are an important step toward building trust and creating long-term change right here in our own backyard.

Looking ahead, please save Thursday, March 19 for our 2020 Equity Summit. I am excited to announce that our featured speakers will be Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist for the New York Times in conversation with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore. It promises to be a very special event. I hope you'll join us!

Karen Singer
Racial healing circles set for January 21-24
We are honored to commemorate the National Day of Racial Healing by launching our first-ever racial healing circles January 21-24. These meaningful events are free and open to adults who live, work, or worship in Evanston.

Learn more here.
Save the date for our 2020 Equity Summit!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Norris Center, Northwestern University

We are thrilled to share with you that this year's Equity Summit will feature Jamelle Bouie and Natalie Moore! Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race. Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter, is author of "The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation." Registration will open February 1. SAVE THE DATE!
Thank you for your generosity!
Our deepest thanks to those of you who gave year-end financial gifts to the YWCA and to those who supported our holiday store, which provides gifts for the women and children we serve. A special thank you to our Flying Fish swimmers, Molly DaSilva and Jenna Wild, who spearheaded shopping for the “Lend a Hand” program, which stocks the holiday store.
Innovative “prescription to swim” partnership marks 10 years
Did you know that our Flying Fish Aquatics program helps multitudes of kids get in the water by honoring “prescriptions” for swimming lessons?

Learn more about this partnership, which was the brainchild of an Evanston pediatrician, here.
Annual Flying Fish swim marathon kicks off January 24
Our YWCA Flying Fish swim marathon, which raises over $75,000 every year not only for aquatics (including the “prescription to swim” program) but for all YWCA programs, begins on January 24.

The marathon is a continuous one hour effort for over 300 swimmers ages six through high school. Below, members of the swim team share what they most enjoy about the marathon and offer advice for new participants. You can support their efforts! Sponsor a swimmer or donate here.
YWCulinary classes begin in March
The next 12-week session of YWCulinary, our workforce training program that prepares women for success in the food service industry, begins March 10.

Learn more about YW Culinary, including orientation sessions in February, here.  
Your gift makes our work possible!
You gift makes our work possible! Individuals like you help sustain the work that we do and the people that we support. That’s why your gift is so important. We could not offer emergency shelter, workforce training, financial education, racial equity training, or aquatics programming without your help.   

Your gift makes our communities thrive! Help YWCA programs get off to a strong start in 2020 by making a one-time gift today. Or simplify your giving and become a monthly donor for as little as $10 a month.

And as you think about this new year, consider how you can leave a legacy for future generations by making a bequest gift to YWCA. Click here to learn more about the new YWCA Legacy Circle.

Your gift makes a difference! 
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