Dear Friends,
We at YWCA Evanston/North Shore are overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and generosity.

We launched the “Every 9 Seconds” campaign on October 2 to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month and raise funds for our growing work to support survivors and end domestic violence. 

Your response has been so generous! We raised over $100,000 in donations, all of which will be matched by a special donor, leading us to a total of over $200,000 raised to support our domestic violence services.

And while we work year-round to increase awareness of domestic violence through our prevention, education, and training programs, this month we have doubled down on that effort through media, film, and special events. See below to learn more.

Thank you for partnering with us in support of this important, lifesaving work. We couldn’t do it without you.

Karen Singer
This Thursday, bring your friends for an exclusive screening of an important documentary
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

Tickets are $15
Gong-Gershowitz to speak at YWCA’s domestic violence conference Nov. 20
According to public health experts, an abused woman is five times more likely to be killed by her abuser if he owns a firearm. 

Illinois State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, who has personal experience with domestic violence and gun violence, will be the opening speaker at our annual domestic violence conference. We invite you to join us to learn more about this important issue:

Wednesday, November 20, 9 am - 3 pm

Co-presented by:
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Oakton Community College
YWCA a “paradise for women’s empowerment” says Alfonso in national podcast about economic abuse
Fabiola Alfonso, our financial education specialist, was a recent guest on YWCA USA’s podcast “Organize Your Butterflies.” Listen to Fabiola’s reflections and why she called YWCA Evanston/North Shore a “paradise for women’s empowerment” here. (Her interview begins at the 15-minute mark.)

Listen to the podcast here.
How you can help someone in an abusive relationship
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and research shows that at least 60 percent of us know a victim of domestic abuse. But what can we do to help?

Sandy T. Williams, domestic violence residential and community services director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, offers some advice, which can be found here.
Why violence prevention education needs to start early
Craige Christensen, manager of our Building Healthy Relationships program, takes a look at why and how we prevent violence by working with young people. (Hint: We can make a difference even when children are toddlers!)

Read Craige’s blog here.
Join us Saturday, November 9 for 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
Proceeds from this event help support our domestic violence and economic advancement programs for women.
Looking for a fun volunteer activity?
YWCA Shop for Good needs you!
YWCA Shop for Good is our women's resale boutique in Wilmette, Illinois. The Shop is staffed by volunteers, and 100% of profits support domestic violence and economic advancement programming for women. Find out more about the Shop here.

And if you're interested in volunteering, email us at

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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