Who we are

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States.


More important than the numbers is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for both women’s and civil rights.


Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and wellness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.


If you want to participate in our programs, volunteer, or simply wish to support our mission, organization and activities, we welcome your membership.


Mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Vision

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts will strive to be an all-inclusive women’s advocacy and resource center with a pro-active membership serving the diverse needs of women through leadership, service and support.


Hallmark Initiatives

There are many approaches employed by YWCA to carry out our bold, dual-pronged mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, but two very specific priorities are present: our YWCA Hallmarks of Racial Justice and Women’s Economic Advancement.


Our Hallmark Programs have direct impact and create meaningful change with measurable results. We not only intend to raise awareness of the issues, we intend to affect real change. Our goal is not to pave the way for the future. It is to create the future. A better future.


They carry out our mission. They are a reflection of our brand. They are what distinguish the YWCA from all other socially conscious organizations.


By women for women

By women for women

For more than 125 years, the YWCA Central Massachusetts has served as a life-long positive force for women and girls, their families and communities. By leveraging the reach, power and passion of our members and supporters, we have created lasting change.

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The  actions of our government have an enormous impact on the daily lives of women across this country. Visit the YWCA USA's website to learn more about legislation, elected officials, federal agencies and how you can take action to improve the lives of women and girls. Sign up for Action Alerts and get an alert when your involvement can make a critical difference.