A Message From Our CEO
Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and online for our 100th anniversary gala on March 5! We raised more than $220,000 during the Paddle Raiser and more than $255,000 total for the event. We are so grateful to be part of such a generous, giving and supportive community!

Thanks to your support, YWCA Boulder County will continue to make an impact:

  • Parents and families can depend on affordable affordable, high-quality child care at Persimmon Early Learning.
  • Young girls of color will forge new paths for their future in STEM careers starting with our STEM E3 program.
  • Latina High School students can depend on additional support and guidance to navigate their academic plans and achieve their dreams.
  • Thousands of elementary students will discuss bullying and racism in their classrooms, and their parents will learn how to talk to their kids about racism, with Reading to End Racism (RER).
  • The Racial Justice & Equity Education programs will continue to guide our community to learn and grow towards a more just and equitable future for all.

Thank you once again for your support! We are able to do this critical work because of you. And although we’ve made so much progress in the past 100 years, we have a LOT of work ahead of us. We’ll continue to do the work until the world sees women and girls of all ages and skin colors the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.


Debbie Pope
CEO, YWCA Boulder County
Thank you Spirit of Grace for your amazing performances!
Thank you Atom Collective for serenading us during cocktail hour!
Thank You Gala Sponsors
Platinum Level
Gold Level
Silver Level
Alpine Bank
AutoHaus of Boulder
Blue Spruce Construction
Deidre Farrell, Thrivent Financial Consultant
Eden-Harris Group
Nan Joesten & Hank Leeper
Siân Murphy with WK Real Estate
Sunflower Bank

Bronze Level
Liz and Jim Lane
North Boulder Dental Group
Questions? Please contact Heather Thorwald at hthorwald@ywcaboulder.org.
Celebrating Women's History Month
Women have always played a critical part in building and shaping our communities, whether they were recognized or overlooked in mainstream history. With our 100th Anniversary this year, you can learn how some of those women channeled their efforts into the creation of our community YWCA, which lives on today as YWCA Boulder County.

Visit our website to learn more about our 100 years of history in Boulder County, and check out these local resources for Women’s History:

Webinar Recording: "Changing the Conversation: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault"
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our webinar "Changing the Conversation: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault"! It was a powerful discussion about this issue with an esteemed panel of experts. If you missed it, you can watch the recording above and share it.
Upcoming Event: Taking Action for Racial Justice
*New Time and Lower Cost*
Thursday, April 28 and May 5
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This two-session, three-hour-total training series is designed for individuals who are ready to work for racial justice. Participants will gain greater understanding of their role as accomplices in creating an anti-racist community, and they will identify tangible actions toward changing systems and structures that continue to perpetuate racism.

This course builds upon the knowledge gained through the How to be Anti-racist: Introduction course. Visit our Racial Justice & Equity Education webpage for information about this introductory course.

We highly recommend that participants take both courses or that they have a solid understanding of individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism before taking the Taking Action for Racial Justice course.

The $40 registration fee covers the cost for both sessions of the Taking Action training.

After you register, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions one week prior to the training.
2022 Stand Against Racism 21-day Challenge
The Stand Against Racism Challenge is now a national initiative of YWCA USA and will kick off on Monday, April 4th! The Stand Against Racism Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants log on to the challenge app on their phone or visit the challenge website and are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. The Stand Against Racism Challenge is designed for people at any point in their social justice journey to become true equity leaders in their community.

Join us to deepen your allyship and further your social justice journey! Register with the link below and choose "Boulder County" when prompted to choose your association.
Upcoming Reading to End Racism Date
Reading to End Racism is back in person at local schools!

  • March 17 - Creekside Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering to read to students, please contact Shiquita Yarbrough at syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org.
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) Signed Into Law
We are thrilled that the President has signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), ensuring that survivors and service providers can access critical resources and protections. Shamefully, VAWA was allowed to expire in 2019, putting critical resources at risk. This victory was sorely needed, especially as providers faced increased demands during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Donate your tax refund with ReFUND CO 
Do you expect a state income tax refund? 

Now you can donate some or all of it! It's a simple and fast way to support YWCA Boulder County. Visit refundwhatmatters.org to learn more and to find the nonprofit registration number to enter on your tax return. When you complete your state tax return, enter Registration #20023006070 for YWCA Boulder County. 
Sponsor Highlight: Elevations Credit Union
Thank you to Elevations Credit Union for sponsoring our 100th Anniversary Gala! Elevations Credit Union has been a wonderful, longtime sponsor of YWCA Boulder County events for many years. Thank you for your dedication to our mission and work in Boulder County!
Persimmon Early Learning - Enrolling Now!
Persimmon Early Learning is enrolling for traditional/permanent child care slots for children eight weeks to six years.

Start the enrollment process today to secure spots for permanent care!

To schedule a virtual parent tour of Persimmon Early Learning, or to begin the enrollment process for your child, please visit our website to fill out an Interest Form. We will follow up with you with tour dates and times.

For additional questions, please email Celina Hernandez at: chernandez@ywcaboulder.org.
Sign up for Persimmon Grove - Our Parent eNews
Once a quarter we bring our Persimmon Early Learning classrooms to you with Persimmon Grove, our eNews for parents. Hear what each classroom has been focused on, and learn nutrition and wellness tips, too!
Staff Spotlight: Aracely Diaz
What’s your title?
My title is Assistant Coordinator, Persimmon Early Learning.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
 I joined the team at YWCA Boulder County on January 27. I’m still very new!

What do you do at the YWCA?
I support the front office staff, manage enrollment paperwork, and communicate with
parents and teachers about the needs of the children in our care.

What's your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County? 
My favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County is how we support our community. I also like the mission and history of the organization.

What is something people may not know about you?
Something people may not know about me is that I lived in New Mexico for 10 years before I moved to Colorado.
We're Hiring!
Help us spread the work about these employment opportunities at YWCA Boulder County.

Please visit our website for more information and to apply. All are encouraged to apply!
Early Childhood Education Teachers - Persimmon Early Learning of YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. Our staff positions offer a $2,000 signing bonus, competitive pay, small class sizes, paid vacation with over 40 paid holidays yearly, sick leave, low-cost group health and dental coverage, employer-paid retirement plan, discounted child care, continuing education benefits, free RTD buss pass, and more!

  • $21 to $25 per hour ($34,944 to $41,600 annually) depending on qualifications
  • $2,000 sign-on bonus
  • 32-hour work week with full time benefits

Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA offers high-quality, affordable child care, and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. It provides a nurturing, creative space for children to learn and grow in redesigned and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. The program emphasizes parent engagement and education, health equity through scheduled activities and active play time, and good nutrition modeling and activities including diverse and healthy meal plans.

Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information.

For additional info, email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Share Your Story
Have you, your child or someone you know benefited from a YWCA program or service?

We love sharing personal stories and testimonials with grant funders, donors and in our communications with the community. Please contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org to share your story or testimonial.
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Upcoming Events
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Community Events

  • Thursday, March 17 - Holi begins
Did you know?
Known as the “godmother of the civil rights movement,” Dr. Dorothy Height (1912 - 2010) dedicated her life to the intersectional mission of gender and racial equality and inspired other well-known civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Her activism as YWCA’s first Director of Racial Justice led to our organization’s One Imperative to “eliminate racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary.”

Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning!
Thank YOU for your support!

Our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you, who support our programs and services.

Contact us to learn more about donating stock or other assets, donating through your employers giving program or becoming an event sponsor.
Non-cash Ways to Support the YWCA

  • Give from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Sign up for King Soopers Community Rewards and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Donate your vehicle to YWCA Boulder County through Vehicles for Charity
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