Celebrating 125 Fearless Years

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This year, the YWCA, one of central Massachusetts’ most important and reliable resources for women and families in our community celebrates its 125th Anniversary. You have been an important part of what the YWCA has been able to accomplish and we want you to join the celebration! We have exciting plans to make our celebration meaningful, not only to all of our partners and friends, but to all of those who rely on the YWCA to help them build better lives.

Fearless Commitment to our Mission

When we began, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the YWCA provided safe housing for women coming into the city to work in the factories. Over the years we have changed and grown, but we remain faithful to our mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. Our transitional housing program is still one of our core programs. Child care and domestic violence prevention are our mainstays. Health and fitness are key, along with a variety of programs that help girls and women develop and mature into lifetime leaders.

Leadership for a Lifetime

To make this special milestone one to be remembered, the YWCA will launch a new initiative aimed at providing leadership training for young women in central Massachusetts. Our leadership training initiative responds to a significant unmet need in our community. While the YWCA has established programs to respond to the needs of elementary school and middle school-aged girls, there is a need for mentoring and guiding young women once they enter the workplace. We feel that building a program that will help us meet the needs of women of today is the best way to commemorate the accomplishments of the past 125 years.

Frame the Future

Helping the YWCA launch new programs or enrich established efforts will make a huge difference to the women in central Massachusetts and by doing so you will honor an illustrious past while dedicating a promising future. If you would like to receive an invitation to the 125th birthday bash, please click here. If you are interested in getting involved with this initiative, please email ywlp@ywcacentralmass.org.

Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Sponsors

The following organizations have made a commitment to support the YWCA’s efforts and its commemorative initiative.




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