Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Thank You For Giving To The Every 9 Seconds Challenge To End Domestic Violence

Thank you to all who donated to our Every 9 Seconds Challenge!

With your help, we raised $124,342 which was matched by a generous donor for a total of $248,684! Your donations will allow us to provide life-changing services for survivors of domestic violence, and help families build greater economic stability. 

Also, we’re excited to announce that the winner of the Chicago Bulls tickets giveaway is Colin Schiller! Congratulations Colin and thank you for supporting our work!
The ticket drawing is over, but you can still give to support families in our community.
If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24-hour crisis line anytime at 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868 to access our domestic violence services.
YWCA Takes A Stand For Survivors
During the month of October, YWCA USA worked to pass legislation to support domestic violence survivors and their families. Here is a snapshot of recent successes:
  • Passed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) (H.R. 2119) with a bipartisan vote of 228-200;
  • Delivered over 1,000 letters to Members of Congress urging action on gender-based legislation.
  • Cosponsored efforts led by Congress to introduce a resolution declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month;
  • Received the White House National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality highlighting many YWCA priorities including a focus on gender-based violence, health, and economic security.
Fundraising Highlight
IRAs, RMDs and QCDs – Oh My!
If you’re 70 ½ or older, one way to support charitable organizations like YWCA Evanston/North Shore is to transfer funds each tax year directly from your taxable IRA. These direct transfers are known as Qualified Charitable Distributions or QCD’s.

If you’re 72 or older, the age at which you are required to begin taking distributions from your taxable IRA, or Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), the qualified charitable distributions mentioned above can count toward your RMD, as long as certain rules are met.

(Please consult an attorney or tax advisor for professional advice.)  
Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Our Toy Drive!

Make the holidays bright for children experiencing domestic violence!

From now until December 13th, we will be collecting new and unwrapped toys and books for children at Mary Lou's Place, our sanctuary for survivors. Donations will be collected in our lobby at 1215 Church Street in Evanston.

We will also be collecting new pajamas, slippers, and robes for mothers and adults at Mary Lou's Place.

Click here for more information on specific items we need!
Partner Spotlight
Thank You To The North End Mothers' Club!

Katy Walker (pictured at right with YWCA Chief Development Officer, Kathy Slaughter) of the North End Mothers' Club dropped off a bunch of fun items for our Teen Lounge in Mary Lou's Place. The North End Mothers' Club donated books, games, and a PlayStation 4 to make the Teen Lounge inviting and fun!

Do you want to donate items to support residents in our shelter? Click here for information on items we are currently accepting!
YWCA Economic Advancement Program
YW Tech Lab Open Houses
Come learn about YW Tech Lab (formerly known as YWeb Career Academy), a FREE PROGRAM designed to help women of color enter the tech field as web developers (all times are Central):

  • November 17: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • December 7: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • December 9: 3:30-5:30 pm

What is YW Tech Lab?

YW Tech Lab is a FREE 4-month course which covers intensive technical training in the foundations of web development (Design, HTML, CSS, Javascript). Students also receive soft skills training, including situational workplace judgment, active listening, communication skills, and problem-solving.

The program is specifically designed to provide a free education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, and low-wage workers. Learn more here.
4 months to a career in web design!
YW Tech Lab was featured in a story by The Daily Northwestern! Click here to read more!
YW Tech Lab is part of a national partnership with, YWCA USA and YWCA Madison. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is partnering locally with Oakton Community College.
Equity Institute
Upcoming Equity Workshops
Equity 201: Advancing Understanding Series

November 16,10 am-12 pm Advocacy in Action
November 30, 6-8 pm: Advocacy in Action

All workshops are currently virtual and the cost per workshop is $100. Take advantage of our "two for the price of one" promotion now!
To register, please go to Community Pass. New to Community Pass? Learn about creating an account here.
YWCA Shop For Good and Crowded Closet
Volunteer Wanted!
Our women’s resale shops, YWCA Crowded Closet and YWCA Shop For Good are looking for a tech savvy volunteer to help us maintain our Shopify platform! Hours are flexible. Duties include:

  • Take photos of merchandise at both locations, Shop for Good and Crowded Closet
  • Research designer and competitive pricing of the photographed items
  • Upload and post on sales platform

Interested? Contact JoAnn at or Marko at

Current job opportunities at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our Domestic Violence Services are available free of charge to anyone who needs them.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868 anytime, day or night.

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