Dear Friends,

People often ask what the connection is between the two phrases that make up our mission, eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA has always been a women's organization. We have been at the forefront of the most critical social movements for more than 150 years — from women’s empowerment and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care. 

Women and their children continue to be our most vulnerable by many different measures. And we came into being not just to empower some women, but ALL women. We can't empower all women unless we also work to address institutional and structural racism that keeps women of color from reaching their full potential. 

We know we must constantly seek to transform ourselves as we seek to transform our communities. Much of YWCA progress in racial justice can be credited to the involvement of women of color and their contribution to shaping the consciousness of our organization -- both on a national level and at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Our mission commitment to eliminating racism and empowering all women starts right here.

We urge you to join us -- learn more, take action, volunteer, donate. We need your voice, your activism, and your support, and there are lots of opportunities to contribute to shaping the consciousness of our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our organizations, and our communities to make them more just for all.

Karen Singer
President/CEO
Swim Marathon Supports YWCA, Empowers Youth
The YWCA Flying Fish swim marathon is wrapping up, and, so far, 344 swimmers have swum 35,638 lengths to raise funds for YWCA programming. But the marathon is about more than fundraising. “Each year, swimmers come away with an appreciation of how much they have developed, and an understanding that they are capable of far more than they thought possible,” said YWCA Aquatics Director and Flying Fish Head Coach Pete Caragher.

Learn more about the swim marathon and support a swimmer.
FAN Event to Focus on Effects of Childhood Adversity
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is partnering with the Family Action Network (FAN) to present Nadine Burke Harris, author of “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.” This event will take place at various dates and times, including Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Evanston Township High School.

Learn more about the event here.

Read an interview with Nadine Burke Harris here.
"I Am Jane Doe" is the Feature of our International Women's Day Commemoration March 8
Please join us on International Women's day, March 8, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston for a special screening of “I Am Jane Doe,” a powerful documentary that tells the story of American mothers who banded together to wage war on behalf of their underage daughters, who were victims of sex trafficking.

You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
Save the Date for our Racial Justice Summit, "The Urgency of Now"
Thursday, April 12, 8 am - 3 pm
Unitarian Church of Evanston

Featuring keynote speech by prominent speaker, breakouts, and networking designed to move participants from talk to action.

More details will be available soon! Please add your name to our Contact List so you will be notified about this and other racial justice updates.

Make sure you receive racial justice updates here.
Crosstown Classic Boosts Evanston Swims! Program
In January, the YWCA Flying Fish competed against the McGaw YMCA swim team to raise funds for Evanston Swims!, which ensures that all children in Evanston have access to life-saving swim instruction. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a key partner in Evanston Swims!.

Your Monthly Donation Makes A Difference
Your gift supports critical YWCA programs year-round when you become a Sustaining Donor! For as little as $10 a month, or 33 cents a day, your monthly gift helps provide emergency shelter and longer-term housing for domestic violence survivors, scholarships for families so every girl and boy can learn to swim, financial literacy classes for low-income women, and racial justice trainings that help strengthen our communities. Give monthly, and make a difference today, and every day!  
Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank You for Caring
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