YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.
Crucial, safe housing for domestic violence survivors in immediate danger.
Help for domestic violence survivors in need of a protection order. Guidance through the civil legal court system.
Counseling, safety, support, skill-building, and resources needed to address barriers and begin moving forward.
Clothing, toiletries, and necessities for women; free through this donation-based, clothing boutique.
Free pre-school education, on-site childcare, trauma support, and youth outreach.
Transformation Camp designed to inspire, motivate, and encourage girls to embrace the extraordinary young women that they are.
Women receive support and advocacy to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.
Children and mothers develop new tools needed for success in life including job and school readiness.
Children and youth receive outreach and counseling to help cope with trauma and develop health relationship skills.
Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.
We believe in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.
Join YWCA Spokane for our 37th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon, held this year at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Please join YWCA Spokane in our 4th annual End the Silence Campaign this October! As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Spokane will be organizing events and campaigns throughout the month that all are invited to join in!
Each year YWCA agencies engage in domestic violence prevention and awareness campaigns during October, Domestic Violence Action Month, an effort established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981. In 2019, YWCA Spokane will launch our 4th annual End The Silence campaign.
The End The Silence campaign goal is to stop victim blaming and to ask the community to stand alongside victims and survivors of domestic violence as safe allies, making it know that they are not alone.
We ask community members and local businesses to identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference throughout October. Last year, our agency focused on preventing domestic violence before it begins by encouraging parents to have courageous conversations with their kiddos on healthy relationships. Through online materials, events for parents and kiddos, or visiting college campuses to talk to young adults about healthy relationships, we helped prevent domestic violence before it ever arose.
YWCA Spokane’s 37th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon is designed to express gratitude for the outstanding contributions of our 2019 award honorees, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community. Each year provides a special opportunity to honor high achieving women from Spokane who have gone above and beyond to give back to their community.
Guests are welcome to secure a table at the event, corporate sponsorship, and individual tickets through our online registration forms below or by contacting our Development Team at 509-789-9312 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment may be received by check or credit card.
This year, YWCA Spokane is also providing a special discounted ticket opportunity for high school age young women to attend the event. Learn more about sponsoring a ticket for a young woman here.
To be awarded a YWCA Women of Achievement Award, a woman must embody YWCA Spokane’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Selected honorees demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service and give generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all to live.
Judge Aquilina presided over the USA Gymnastics Team sex abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar, sentencing him to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of young women that lasted more than two decades. By allowing every woman who said they had been sexually assaulted by Nassar face him in court, despite his guilty plea, many say Judge Aquilina empowered these young women and redefined victim testimony. She gave 156 “sister survivors” the opportunity to face their abuser in court and share their very personal experiences about how his abuse affected them and their families.
In the sentencing hearing where she gave Nassar multiple life sentences, Judge Aquilina said, “I am not special, I am doing my job. If you come into my courtroom, any Wednesday and watch sentencing, I give everybody a voice. I give defendants a voice, their families when they’re here. I give the victims a voice. I try to treat everybody like family because that’s the justice system that I was raised to believe in.”
“There’s likely not a person in this country who hasn’t heard of the scandal involving Larry Nassar,” said YWCA Spokane CEO Regina Malveaux. “The real household name should be Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the woman who sentenced Nassar to a lifetime in prison, and equally as importantly, gave those young women a voice and the opportunity to confront the man who stole so much from them. Judge Aquilina gave those survivors new faith and hope, empowering them to empower themselves.”
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has graciously offered to stay after her keynote address at the Women of Achievement luncheon to leed a special presentation for young women of high school age in our community. Learn more here.
If you are unable to attend this year’s celebration of the outstanding achievements of women in our community, consider making a donation in honor of this year’s award winners. Thank you for your support!
Thank you all for your commitment to our agency. We could not ensure the success of our biggest event of the year without you all!
|Laura McAloon | Co-Chair |
Leanne Scott | Co-Chair
Dana Morris Lee
|Julie Holland |
YWCA Spokane is seeking volunteers who are passionate about our work to volunteer to ensure this year’s luncheon is a great success. Volunteer opportunities include pre-event tasks such as helping at a craft party, setting up decor, or helping during the event. Registration and more information is available here.
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This awards celebration would not be possible without their incredible support.
YWCA Spokane’s Women of Achievement Luncheon is our biggest event of the year, with last year’s event gathering over 1,200 dedicated guests and 50 organizations who collectively raised $315,000!