Events & Campaigns
YWCA IS ON A MISSION. JOIN US.
For 117 years, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Today, areas of focus include supporting victims of intimate partner domestic violence, promoting early childhood education, and confronting racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and our community.
In 2019, we served over 17,000 women, children, and families. Services include a continuum of wrap-around support: 24-hour Helpline and Safe Shelter, Counseling Center, Mental Health Services, Child Advocacy, Civil Legal Assistance, Legal Advocacy, and Economic Empowerment Advocacy. YWCA’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provides 3- and 4-year-old children with the social and learning skills necessary for successful entry into kindergarten. By working at the intersections of inequality, poverty, and domestic violence, YWCA Spokane is able to disrupt longstanding societal patterns of trauma.
Make A Difference By Joining A YWCA Event, Giving Circle, or Engagement Campaign.
Each opportunity provides an inspiring way to support the work and mission of YWCA Spokane. We count on the support of friends like you to support our work and mission at YWCA Spokane. If you have any questions about our fundraising efforts or engagement campaigns, please contact Erica Schreiber at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to coordinate a free domestic violence training for a group or business, please email email@example.com. Thank you!
ONE MISSION, NOT TWO
At YWCA Spokane, we see our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women as one mission, not two.
We believe in a community where all women, children, and families 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. This vision is hollow if we ignore the compounded intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity–and especially if we ignore the experiences of women of color, who have long been leaders in anti-racist and women’s rights movements.
Racial and gender equity are inextricably linked. Statistics show us that women of color experience disproportionate rates of poverty, violence, physiological aggression, and mortality, as shared by the Status Of Women In The States. This is unacceptable. We must work together to address systemic issues preventing safe and equitable access to peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Transformation is multilayered and takes place individually, through our relationships and collective cultures (e.g. neighborhood, organization), as well as at the level of structural society (public policies supported by private actions). That’s where our ONE MISSION campaign comes in.
Voting in location, state, and national elections as well as participating in other forms of civic engagement, such as filling out the Census, allows us, as ordinary citizens of the United States, to actively participate in our democratic government processes. This is a privilege, right, and responsibility that should not be overlooked or underestimated. When we all vote, when we will fill out the census, when we lift our voices collectively, we move toward a more representative democracy and a more just government that adequately represents and reflects the experiences and concerns of all of those in our country.
Throughout October, during domestic violence action month (DVAM), we invite the Spokane community to live out YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women by taking our Learn & Give Challenge. The Challenge will focus on facilitating understanding of the complexities of domestic violence, it’s intersections with race and other social identities, and the severity of the collective impact of domestic violence, oppression, and marginalization on our community. It will also empower supporters to help YWCA raise critical funds through a peer-to-peer fundraising challenge.
2020 Census: We All Count!
Every 10 years, every household in America is surveyed on demographics that will determine how billions of Federal funds are distributed, the number of seats we have in Congress, where critical infrastructure is provided and much more. This year, YWCA Spokane is joining national efforts through YWCA USA and local efforts through the Spokane Complete Count Committee to make the census is as accessible as possible to the populations we serve.
As YWCA Spokane’s largest annual fundraiser, this special celebration honors the achievements of outstanding women in the Spokane community while also raising critical support for women, children, and families who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored more than 255 women in the region.
MLK Jr Day Celebration & March
Each January, YWCA Spokane is proud to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. by joining the annual march, rally, and resource fair facilitated by the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center. We hope you consider joining our staff and supporters as we listen to inspiring speakers and gather together in unity to honor this important day. To march with YWCA Spokane, gather next to the bronze Michael Anderson astronaut statue just prior to the march. Also, consider stopping by and say hello to us at YWCA Spokane’s booth in the resource fair following the rally and march. We would love to visit with you! This event is free and open to the public. Follow us and the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center on social media for updates leading up to the event.
YWCA Spokane, along with YWCA agency’s across the nation, proudly support the annual Women’s March in January. The Women’s March is an opportunity for us to unite as a community and express our solidarity and commitment to the protection of the rights of all women. The Women’s March is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities, and backgrounds to affirm our shared humanity and to stand in solidarity for social justice, racial equity, and women’s rights. Local marches are take place in cities all around the nation and world. Please consider joining YWCA Spokane each January as we gather and march together with other local agencies, individuals, and businesses for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Please follow us on social media to receive updates about the next Women’s March. Through unification and inclusion, we, as a community, will light a fire of change. In Solidarity, we will make a difference! Hear our voice!
YWCA Spokane’s annual spring, silent auction, and champagne brunch brings together 200 new and old friends to raise awareness and funds for the many women, children, and families the YWCA supports each year.
Each April, YWCA agencies across the nation will host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue, with over 250,000 people, that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of the annual event is to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.
YWCA Spokane staff have joined together to create a unique online engagement opportunity focused on cultivating increased community education and awareness surrounding issues related to intimate partner domestic violence. The eleven-part video series presents engaging, educational content for individuals from any background or current knowledge base. The videos and blog posts also offer watchers an opportunity to get to know YWCA Spokane advocates on a personal level; each contributor brings their own personality into their writing and presentation style. Each topic within the series has its own blog post, like this one, including a video. As you watch these videos and read the blog posts, we hope that you will gain more knowledge, explore topics that you may not have been exposed to, and empower yourself and those around to be in healthier, happier relationships. Thank you for taking the time to further your education, awareness, and understanding surrounding these critical issues.
14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
This #YWCAEquityChallenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country. Our local 14 Day Challenge was brought to you by YWCA Spokane’s Racial and Social Justice Committee and was designed to help community members create dedicated time and space within their schedule to build more effective social justice habits, particularly around issues dealing with race, power, privilege, and leadership. This challenge is accessible to anyone interested in learning more about racial equity and social justice and examining these issues in our own communities. This is an opportunity to dive deeper into racial equity and social justice. Thank you for accepting this challenge!
Each year in June, the Spokane community comes together to celebrate LGBTQ+ liberation during national PRIDE month. PRIDE is an annual celebration that honors the brave individuals who fought back against police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York. Our team at YWCA Spokane is excited to participate in the parade and celebration as well as the annual resource fair. Make sure to follow us on social media for updates about next year’s celebration. In 2020, YWCA was proud to join the virtual celebration with a special PRIDE video created by staff!
An Evening in Tuscany
This Tuscan inspired summer evening benefit for YWCA Spokane is held in July each year. Guests enjoy a fabulous scratch made Italian dinner, prepared by a local signature chef as well as indulge in a night of wine, art, entertainment, desserts and music that will make you feel like you were in Tuscany!
This group is to serve as a safe and inclusive space for those under the age of 18 to ask questions, get connected to resources & events, and discuss matters important to them with trauma-informed Advocates. Advocates will regularly post video lessons and discussion prompts that will cover social and racial justice, healthy relationships and red flags, self-care and more. We are looking to educate, engage and empower youth to become change agents in their own lives, and to ultimately lead safer, healthier futures.
Youth Leadership Council is a diverse, youth-led group, that stands to uphold leadership, promote change, and raise awareness about teen dating violence within the Spokane community. The Council’s mission is to promote healthy relationships, to shift the culture around violence and to empower youth to become change leaders in their community through education, advocacy, and activism around teen dating violence. YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, strengthening communities, and promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all. The Youth Leadership Council empowers women, families, and communities through a combination of prevention and activism.
Every November, our staff at YWCA Spokane is excited to bring back our Hope For The Holidays campaign. Community members are provided with a chance to make this season a little brighter for YWCA clients who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment by adopting one of our family’s holiday wish lists.
Hope Stones Custom Jewelry
Twice a year, YWCA Spokane partners with Tracy Jewelers to host the sale of Hope Stones handmade jewelry items to benefit YWCA Spokane’s domestic violence safe shelter. Each item is handcrafted by women supported by YWCA Spokane. All supplies are provided by Tracy Jewelers. All proceeds from each sale go directly to support our domestic violence safe shelter.
YWCA Spokane is proud to share an inspiring campaign called “Love The Shelter” that will ensure life-lasting change and support for survivors fleeing domestic violence. Love the Shelter is an exciting opportunity to provide support to families staying in our confidential safe shelter over the next four years. Donors can sponsor one or more of the eleven rooms we need to furnish and design to support women and children escaping domestic violence.
Recurring Donor Impact Partner Circle
Consider joining YWCA Spokane’s community of Impact Partners by activating (or increasing) a monthly donation today. Your sustainable gift creates sustainable change in the lives of the thousands of women, children, and families we serve in Spokane each year. Activate a recurring gift online today or submit recurring monthly contributions by mail to YWCA Spokane, Attention: Impact Partner Community, 930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201. Monthly contribution at a level that aligns with your giving capacity is greatly appreciated. Even the smallest act of giving is like a drop of water making ripples throughout the entire pond.
Create Lasting Change As A Visionary Leader
Join a circle of leaders diligent in creating real and lasting change by making a commitment of donating $1000 or more this year ($84+mo.). These pioneers are supporting women and children when they need it most while creating opportunities for safety, healing, & education that support a new and brighter future. Become a Visionary Leader with a recurring monthly gift of $84+ or give a one-time donation online or by mail to YWCA Spokane, Attention: Visionary Leader Circle, 930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201. Your support will transform lives by helping YWCA Spokane meet the dynamic needs of families entering our doors who are experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.