Indigenous People’s March @ pin Spokane Tribal Gathering Place
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Indigenous People's March @ pin Spokane Tribal Gathering Place

march with us!

Please join YWCA Spokane us as we stand with the Indigenous Peoples March on January 18, 2019, in support of the many environmental activists, traditional wisdom-keepers, organizers, tribal leaders, social entrepreneurs, artists, educators, innovators, and changemakers who are working to give voice to the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. We want the City of Spokane and surrounding communities to be a part of this first international march of its kind to unite the voices of Indigenous Peoples.

We will be tabling at this event in addition to marching. Come learn about our services and Racial & Social Justice work, along with all the ways you can get involved!

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Spokane Women+s March @ Spokane Convention Center
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spokane Women+s March @ Spokane Convention Center

Join YWCA Spokane in marching for the rights and equality of all people! Members of our organization will be marching to show our support of promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.

Along with marching, our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Nimens, along with other YWCA Spokane advocates will be present to teach about our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and creating a safe and healthy community for all people. We will have materials for people of all age groups, and are happy to provide any resources needed. Stop by our booth and speak with an advocate about the ways you can help end violence in our community, about teaching kiddos principles of healthy relationships, or simply to learn more about our mission!

For more information about this event, please contact the Women+s March organizers at contact@womensmarchwastate.org.

Women+s March 2019 Mission Statement:
In alignment with the National Women’s March platform, we adopt the unity principles related to Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Workers’ Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigration Rights, Environmental Justice, and Ending Violence.
To support and honor these principles, Women+s March Spokane endeavors to harness the power of diverse women in our community to create transformative social change; promote civil rights for every human regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, religion, housing or economic status; amplify the work of community leaders and organizations to educate, mobilize, dialogue and engage our community in collective action to advance justice, equity, freedom, and inclusion.

MLK Day Weekend Celebration of Events @ Spokane Convention Center
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MLK Day Weekend Celebration of Events @ Spokane Convention Center

This MLK Day Weekend is full of ways to celebrate! First, on Saturday, January 19th, the MLK Family Outreach Center is hosting a Day of Service to prepare hygiene kits and host a canned food drive to benefit members of the community in need. Sunday’s celebration will be a Day of Fellowship to reflect on all that Dr. King and those involved in his mission did to benefit this country. Lastly, Monday will feature the MLK Day March and Resource Fair, where the community will be marching in support of Dr. King’s mission to advance the rights of African-Americans in the U.S., and to promote our mission of eliminating racism in our community.

Please join YWCA Spokane at the MLK Day March and Resource Fair! First, march with us to show support of African-Americans in our community and advancing the rights of those oppressed in our country. After the March, please come see us at the Resource Fair! Our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Nimens, along with other YWCA Spokane Advocates will be present to teach the community about our Racial and Social Justice work. Come learn how you can become involved in our mission, whether it be hosting a training at work or simply becoming more educated on these issues. We hope to see you there!

Location details-
Saturday’s Day of Service: 500 S Stone St., Spokane WA 99202; 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Sunday’s Day of Fellowship: Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 806 W Indiana Ave, Spokane, WA 99205; 4:00-6:00 pm
Monday’s March and Rally: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, Washington 99201; 10:00 am-2:00 pm.


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What Does It Mean to be a Strong Man? @ John J. Hemmingson Center
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Exploring Men’s Leadership in the Prevention of Violence Against Women – A Talk By Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist known for his pioneering activism on issues of gender, race, and violence.

Thank you to all who joined YWCA Spokane on Monday, February 11th, 2019 as Jackson Katz explored the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. The event sold out, and was an absolute success!

Read the Recap here

For those of you who may have missed the event, Jackson Katz is the creator, lead writer, and narrator of the award-winning Tough Guise videos. His TED talk, “Violence Against Women-it’s a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed 4 million times.

Thank you to our GoodGuys for making this possible!

Thank you to our GoodGuys advisory council for making this event a success! A huge thank you to Doug Kelley and Manny Hochheimer, our GoodGuys co-chairs, for their integral work to start this important conversation in Spokane. We deeply appreciate Avista Utilities and Numerica Credit Union for their generous support of this event. Learn more about this growing local movement of men in Spokane who recognize domestic violence as a community issue, not a women’s issue. Learn more about the facts with domestic violence in Spokane.

Learn More About GOODGUYS

About Jackson Katz

  • Since 1990, he has presented at over 2700 colleges and universities, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and on six continents, including multiple countries in Europe and Asia.
  • Katz is the co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military.
  • In 1997 Katz created the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • He is the author of the influential book entitled The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and the critically acclaimed Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. Man Enough won a bronze prize in Foreword Reviews’ Indie Awards for political science books in 2016.
  • He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide gender violence prevention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
  • From 2000-2003 he served on the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, and over the years he has served as subject matter expert on numerous state and federal projects in the area of gender violence prevention education.
  • He holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.
  • Learn more about Jackson Katz

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He has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on topics as far-ranging as the social justice and feminist roots of the bystander approach to sexual assault prevention, the powerful role of athletics in gender violence prevention, the gender and sexual politics of Eminem’s songs, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics.


Thank You To Our Event Sponsors


The Vagina Monologues-Performed by Gonzaga University Theatre Department @ Gonzaga University Magnuson Theatre
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Thank you, GU Theatre, for your Benefit Performance of the Vagina Monologues!

Gonzaga University’s Theatre Department will be performing Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues on February 14th as part of the annual V-Day campaign to support ending violence against women. As part of the campaign, GU’s Theatre Dept. will be donating 90% of their ticket sales to our Domestic Violence Safe Shelter. In addition, there will be a special performance to honor 1 Billion Rising, a movement also part of the V-Day Campaign that aims to empower women and bring awareness to the fact that statistically, one billion people around the globe will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. Please consider attending what the New York Times called “the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade,” to support those staying in our Shelter.

In addition, Hope Stones will be on sale at the performance. To support our shelter even further, please consider purchasing the perfect Valentine’s gift!

Please consider attending the first performance of The Vagina Monologues ever hosted on Gonzaga’s campus! The performance will be held at the Magnuson Theatre at 502. E Boone Avenue. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here. Support our Shelter and enjoy this tremendous play!

Buy Your Tickets Now

See the flyer below. For more information please contact Olivia Moorer, YWCA Communications Assistant, and The Vagina Monologues Community Producer/Student Director at oliviam@ywcaspokane.org or at 509-961-1548.

Check out the Spokesman-Review article about this year’s production of Vagina Monologues. 

International Women’s Day Spokane 2019 @ Spokane Community College- Lair Student Center
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join YWCA Spokane at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 9, 2019! YWCA Spokane Staff Members will be present for tabling in addition to assistance with planning the event. There will be speakers, workshops, tabling, and food available to highlight the incredible work women do all over the world every day.

Our 2019 IWD Keynote is Idella “IipaSu-Akii” King, Educational Advocate, in collaboration with the Red Skirt Society. The title of her presentation is “Community Healing Through Female Indigenous Ideologies.” We are excited for her courageous and interactive presentation!

In addition to our keynote, we will have three workshop presentations. Donell Barlow, Certified Holistic Health Coach will be facilitating “Discovering Your Rituals of Self-Care”; Bethany Montgomery and Power 2 the Poetry will be facilitating “Tapping Your Power Within”; and Carmen Pacheco-Jones and Mokeph will be facilitating “Developing Self Compassion through Guided Meditation and Soundscapes.” We are so excited to have these amazing community leaders to teach us all how to create balance for better!

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To secure your spot at IWD 2019, please register on our Eventbrite page to ensure you hear from our amazing speakers, network with the community, and create balance for better!

Register today


If you are interested in Corporate Sponsorship for this event, please see our Corporate Sponsorship flyer for more information about the different levels and benefits of donating to this impactful event. If you would like to make a general donation to this event, please feel free to use this form.

*Please note that while the donation page is on YWCA Spokane’s website, proceeds through this form will not benefit YWCA Spokane. All proceeds directly benefit our International Women’s Day celebration. YWCA Spokane serves as a partner with IWD 2019 by processing donations and sponsorships for the IWD 2019 Committee. No donation or sponsorship made through this form will benefit YWCA Spokane’s programs and services. Thank you!

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Please Select Your Corporate Sponsorship Below

If you would prefer to make a general donation, please feel free to use the form below as well.

Questions on Sponsorship or Donations? Please connect with Shannon Cook at Shannon.Cook@scc.spokane.edu or call 509-533-7082.
Partners In Progress – 2019 Annual Meeting @ McKinstry Co.
Mar 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Partners in Progress 2019

YWCA Spokane cordially invites the public to attend our Partners In Progress annual meeting held Wednesday, March 27th, 2018 from 8:30am – 9:30am at the historic SIERR building at McKinstry.

Friends, partners, and supporters of YWCA Spokane’s mission are encouraged to join in a celebration of the agency’s 116th birthday, a reflection of successes in 2018, and an acknowledgment of the organization’s Shining Star award honorees: staff, volunteers, and community partners who made an outstanding contribution in the previous year.

Highlights from Last Year’s Meeting

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YWCA Spokane’s 116th Birthday! @ YWCA Spokane
Apr 13 all-day
YWCA Spokane's 116th Birthday! @ YWCA Spokane

Celebrate with YWCA Spokane for our 116th birthday! To celebrate, please join us at our Spring Fling Champagne Brunch. Spring Fling is a once a year, very special, champagne brunch and auction benefit held at Anthony’s At Spokane Falls on April 13th, 2019 from 10am-12:30pm. All proceeds raised benefit YWCA Spokane’s critical programs and services for women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment in Spokane. Please join us to celebrate our birthday and the renewal of spring!

Thank you to all who have helped create our agency’s success! For 116 years, YWCA Spokane has been at the forefront of creating a lasting impact on women, children, and families because of the generosity of friends and supporters in our community. Thank you to the Spokane community for supporting our work and those we serve for over a century!

Spring Fling 2019 @ Anthony's At Spokane Falls
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

We Are Excited To Have You Join Us For YWCA Spokane’s 2019 Spring Fling Fundraiser!

Spring Fling is a once a year, very special, champagne brunch and auction benefit held at Anthony’s At Spokane Falls on April 13th, 2019 from 10am-12:30pm.

All proceeds raised benefit YWCA Spokane’s critical programs and services for women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment in Spokane.

Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by Anthony’s, endless mimosas, as well as opportunities to bid on spring-themed, silent auction items.

Register Today

Consider following YWCA Spokane on Facebook for updates. View photos from previous Spring Fling events.

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A Special Celebration This Year!

In our 116 year history, YWCA Spokane has played a special part in the lives and hearts of many mother/daughter pairs in our community. This year at Spring Fling, we hope to celebrate the legacy of these cherished relationships that have supported our work for generations.

If you plan to attend with your mother or daughter, please let us know! Email community@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-789-9312.

Happy Birthday YWCA Spokane!

A Little Birdie Told Us April 13th Is A Very Special Day!

YWCA Spokane will be celebrating 116 years of service in the Spokane community during Spring Fling This Year. We hope you can join us and help celebrate our unwavering history of empowering women, and continued dedication to serve and support women, children, and families in our community.

View Photos From Spring Fling 2018


Purchase Hope Stones!

YWCA Spokane’s Hope Stones handmade jewelry will be available for purchase for you or someone you love. The perfect, thoughtful Mother’s Day gift or special something just for you!

To honor the mothers and daughters who have served our agency for 116 years, there will be mother/daughter pieces available for purchase. See our mother/daughter necklaces that will be on sale at Spring Fling below!


A special thanks to Tracy Jewelers for donating all the supplies needed to create Hope Stones jewelry. 100% of proceeds raised go directly to YWCA’s Spokane’s Domestic Violence Safe Shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

If you have any questions about Hope Stones jewelry, please contact our shelter staff member, Melanie Wilson, at 509-863-2882 or email melaniew@ywcaspokane.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a team of caring community members to ensure a successful event!

There are many fun ways to contribute to the day by helping with setup, tear down, and throughout the brunch. If you are interested in learning more about available event volunteer opportunities please email volunteer@ywcaspokane.org or visit our Volunteer Page.

Volunteer for Spring Fling 2018

Thank You Event Sponsors

Thank you to our Event Committee!

We could not do this without you!

Tara McAloon- Spring Fling Co-Chair
Ashley Cameron- Spring Fling Co-Chair
Christina Balkenbush
Jill Rider
Kate Sowers
Kelsey Martin
Kianna McKenna
Paige Harding


Stand Against Racism 2019 @ Empire Health Foundation Philanthropy Center
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism

2019 Courageous Conversation: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

This April, 40+ 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.


Stand Against Racism 2019

Print signs from YWCA USA.

This year, YWCA Spokane’s courageous conversation will align with YWCA USA’s national theme: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

In addition to bringing awareness to the racism immigrants experience, three immigrants, living in Spokane, will be provided with an opportunity to share their personal experiences. Additional time will be provided for a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

  • What: YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
  • When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Where: Empire Health Foundation, Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
  • Questions: community@ywcaspokane.org | 509-789-9312
  • Share: #standagainstracism
  • Food: Lunch will be provided for guests

This event is made possible by Providence Health Care and  YWCA Spokane’s Racial and Social Justice Committee, led by YWCA Spokane Board Members Kiana McKenna, Kate Burke, and Dr. Shari Clarke.

“YWCA’s Stand Against Racism event will be a time for us, as a community, to stand together and say, ‘No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.’,” states Kiana McKenna, YWCA Board Member and Co-Chair of the YWCA Spokane Racial and Social Justice Committee. “It is our responsibility to stand up for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and this event gives us an opportunity to do so. We are stronger together.”

Event Registration Is Now Closed

We have reached maximum capacity for attendance at this year’s Stand Against Racism courageous conversation. We are so grateful for the extraordinary response to this year’s event. Thank you!

Amplify Your Impact

  • Consider joining our recurring community of monthly donors in support of YWCA’s mission and work. Donate Today.
  • Learn more about Stand Against Racism and other ways to join YWCA Spokane’s racial and social justice work.  Learn More.

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Meet Our Panelists

Thank you to our incredible speakers for volunteering their time to tell their courageous stories. Learn more about these women below!

Rosemary Muriungi

Rosemary is a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She has broad experience in academic, international non-governmental, and global multilateral organizations advocating for girl education, children’s rights, and sustainable human development. Prior to her doctoral studies at Gonzaga, she was Deputy Head of Human Resources Management at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kenya. She thrives on developing talent and leadership capacity in youth and women. Her research interests include higher education of under-served populations, women leadership, organizational leadership and development, humanitarianism, and micro/small business development. She is an active community member and serves on several boards in her home country Kenya and in the United States.

Naghmana Sherazi

Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi an educator and scientist born in Karachi, Pakistan and came to Spokane in 2012. She finds happiness through involvement with the Spokane community, and building relationships. She is part of several local groups such as Spokane Women Together, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Faith Leaders, and Leaders of Conscience, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and Spokane Faith & Values.
She meets for potlucks and has built a community of friends with people of all faiths — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Christian, as well as people of different ethnicities. They connect around food, sharing their heritage, values, and stories; educating each other so they stand up for each other’s rights! They understand where they are coming from and how they can work together to make this a better world for all children.

She worked in 2017/2018 to block Proposition 1 being put on the ballot, a racial profiling initiative that would have allowed any city employee to ask anyone for their documents. She also helped start the No Discrimination Spokane Campaign.

Currently she is involved with Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Refugee Connections Spokane, Muslims for Community Action and Support, Center for Justice, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition APIC – Spokane, Spokane Coalition of Color (an amalgamation of the leadership of Spokane NAACP, ACLU, HBPA, and APIC), and was one of our highlighted speakers at the Women’s March earlier this year!

Lili Navarrete

Lili Navarrete immigrated with her family from Mexico City in 1988. She graduated from EWU with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and with minors in Economics and Business Administration. Advocacy is a major and important part of her career and her employer for the last 3 years, Planned Parenthood, has given her the tools, support, and platform to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently the Volunteer Program and Raiz Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Recently, she served on the International Women’s Day Committee to bring balance for better to the Spokane Community.


As a part of YWCA National’s annual campaign, an opportunity is provided to take a pledge to stand united in our efforts to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

During the event, YWCA Spokane will encourage the community to join their pledge to stand against racism by signing a pledge banner which will display at YWCA Spokane’s office. Community members will also be encouraged to complete YWCA USA’s online pledge listed below.

Please consider joining YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who will engage with us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Sign The Pledge

Thank you to our Racial & social justice committee for making this possible!

We appreciate your commitment to serving our community. You truly embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!

Kate Burke | Committee Co-Chair
Kiana McKenna | Committee Co-Chair
Christina Kamkosi
Claudine Richardson
Dora “Duaa-Rahemaah” Williams
Erica Schreiber
Julie Schaffer
Kate Sowers
Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, YWCA Spokane Board Treasurer
Leann Ledford
Nicole Rosenkrantz
Rachel Bechtol
Regina Malveaux
Shari Clark
Tracie Meidl