Dear Friends,

After the Race Against Hate, I received a moving letter from Ricky Byrdsong’s widow, Sherialyn. Among other things, she wrote:

"At this race especially, I experienced a powerful sense of the ripple effect. I heard some amazing stories on the field about why people came and how the race strikes a chord in their own lives. The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is making a huge splash, and not just in Evanston. You’re having a ripple effect!"

You are all part of this ripple effect, and I want to thank you for the ways you have taken action over the throughout the year to make a difference.

Whether you participated in the Race Against Hate on June 17; contacted members of Congress to protest inhumane policies; joined us at the “Families Belong Together” march on June 30; or represented the YWCA Flying Fish at the Evanston Fourth of July parade, your presence and your voice matter. 

When we talk about the movement that is YWCA, that includes all of us. We’re in this together, and with your continued support, we will continue to “bend the arc” toward justice.

Thanks for all you do,

Karen Singer
Race Against Hate Draws Huge Crowd, Raises Critical Funds 
The 19th annual Race Against Hate brought nearly 5,000 people together and grossed more than $346,000, funds which help support our racial justice and violence prevention programs.

Read more here.
Woman's Club of Evanston Donates $55,700 in Support of Bridges
We are grateful to the Woman’s Club of Evanston for raising $55,700 for Bridges, our longer-term housing program, at its annual benefit on May 5. “This donation will impact the lives of hundreds of women and children for decades to come,” said Karen Singer.

Learn more about Bridges here.
Charity Navigator Gives YWCA Evanston/North Shore Highest Rating
We’re pleased to announce that our strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned us a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.  

Read more here.
Flying Fish Swim School Offering Free Evaluations
In an effort to expand its outreach, our Flying Fish Swim School is offering a free evaluation to new participants, along with $20 off the first session for new swimmers. Flying Fish Aquatics is also offering special deals for adult programs, including aqua aerobics and Masters swimming. For more information, contact Aquatics Director Pete Caragher at
$20 OFF
$20 OFF your first Flying Fish Swim School session! New swimmers only. Email for discount code.
Support "Evanston Swims!" Through the Great Lake Plunge
Open-water swimmers of all ages are invited to participate in the Great Lake Plunge on Sunday, July 29 in Evanston. All proceeds benefit “Evanston Swims!,” which is a partnership that includes YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

Learn more here.
Save the Date for YWomen!
Mark your calendar now for YWomen 2018: A Celebration of Women's Leadership, which will be held on Saturday, October 13, at the stunning Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

Our three very special YWomen Leadership Award honorees will be announced next month!

Learn more here.
You Made a Difference This (Fiscal) Year!
Because of you:  
  • 700 domestic violence survivors received housing and emergency shelter, counseling and other support services.  
  • Over 250 women learned basic money management skills and received personalized financial coaching. 
  • 30% more people attended YWCA racial justice trainings and workshops.
  • 900 scholarships enabled children throughout our communities to learn how to swim.     
You make our work possible, today and every day. THANK YOU! 

We love our Corporate Partners!
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