The YWCA National Capital Area’s services have
focused on ensuring access to the opportunities and assistance women need to be empowered. Our public policy advocacy efforts have helped ensure support for the home, work, and life decisions women make. Today,
for every woman, no matter where she comes from or where she is going, the YWCA
is at her service – as a touchstone, stepping stone, or cornerstone.
We were founded in 1905 and we are one of
the oldest and largest multicultural women's organizations in Washington, DC. The YW has always served as a
life-long positive force among women and girls, and as a catalyst for social change designed to achieve equity
broad base of
social services and advocacy, the YWCA National Capital Area dismantles barriers faced by women, girls, and people of
color as they work to develop and sustain healthy lives. Women and girls come to us in times of transition for job training, and career counseling. They come for mission-based skill-building programs for their families. They come in times of crisis as survivors of
rape or domestic violence.
And, they come to develop leadership skills and to engage in public advocacy for women's and civil rights. The YWCA National Capital Area is known as safe and welcoming place to build stronger lives, and is an
active place where committed volunteers and staff lead efforts
to improve the futures of women
and girls, across
Our Mission: The YWCA National
Capital Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting
peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Our Bold Goal: Ensure that a
majority of women and girls of color across the
national capital area have the resources and support necessary to achieve
personal, educational and professional success.