Dear Friends,
October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is around the corner. In past years, we have honored this month by participating in the Purple Purse Challenge, a national fundraising competition centered on financial education for survivors of domestic violence. The Purple Purse Challenge benefited our work greatly – because of your support!

This year, we are taking a different approach. As part of our intensified commitment to expanding every aspect of our domestic violence services, we have created our own fundraiser for October: The YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence. 

The YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence, which starts October 2, will offer matching opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved, in big and small ways. All funds will benefit YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s growing work to support survivors and end domestic violence.

Every nine seconds, a woman in the U.S. is battered or beaten. With your help, we can change that startling statistic. 

Thank you for the many ways you support the urgent work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

Karen Singer
Speaking out about gun violence
by Kristen White, COO, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

In 1966, Charles Whitman ascended a tower at the University of Texas and opened fire on people below. He killed 14 and injured 31 before he was shot to death by law enforcement.

The University of Texas massacre is considered to be the beginning of mass shootings in the United States and it’s worth noting that earlier that same day, Whitman shot and killed his mother and his wife.

Read the entire essay, which appeared in the September 19 issue of the Evanston Roundtable, here
“Undesign the Redline” centers on legacy of redlining in Evanston
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the partners backing “Undesign the Redline,” an exhibit about the lasting legacy of racial housing segregation in Evanston in the 1930s. The exhibit is at the Morton Civic Center until October 20.

Learn more here
Bring your friends for a special screening of "Home Truth"
We invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary HOME TRUTH.

Filmed over the course of nine years, HOME TRUTH chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

Thursday, October 24
Wilmette Theater

  • 5:30-6:20 pm – Wine and light appetizers at YWCA Shop for Good, 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette
  • 6:30-7:45 pm – Film screening
  • 7:45-8:15 – Post film discussion
Join us for FAN event featuring Emily Bazelon on ending mass incarceration
Emily Bazelon, author of the bestselling book “ Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration,” will be the featured speaker at a FAN (Family Action Network) event:

Thursday, September 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Evanston Township High School

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a sponsor.

Learn more here.
Looking for a fun volunteer activity?
YWCA Shop for Good needs you!
“It’s a really fun job that empowers you to do a variety of things, from helping customers to setting up displays. It’s never boring.”

That’s what one of our volunteers at the YWCA Shop for Good in Wilmette said. The shop is thriving, and we need more volunteers.

Interested? Email us at
Buy your tickets today for YWomen on November 9
We invite you to join us Saturday, November 9 for our 12th annual YWomen Celebration !

We'll honor three remarkable and inspiring women leaders: Sekile Nzinga-Johnson , Alpana Singh , and Cindy Hartwig , enjoy great company and delicious food, and dance to the captivating funk, rock, soul, and R&B music of the band Suite Mollie.

So bring your sister, husband, mother, brother, friends, and neighbors and join us for a fun and inspirational evening!

Saturday, November 9
6:30-10 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

Hurry! Early bird ticket pricing ends October 10!
Your gift makes our work possible!
Over half of our revenue comes from private giving—from individuals just like you who want to make a difference. That’s why your support is critical to continuing comprehensive YWCA programs and services.    

Your gift makes our communities thrive! You can make a one-time gift in any amount, or simplify your giving and become a monthly donor for just $10 a month.

You can also make a bequest gift and leave a legacy for future generations. Click here to learn more .

Please give now and make a difference today! 
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