YWCA San Francisco & Marin is proud to be part of a national movement dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
WE WORK TIRELESSLY FOR REAL CHANGE
In the lives of the over 2,000 women, girls and families that we serve each year. From direct services, to issue education in our community, to advocating for legislative change, we work for and with our communities to make a true impact.
We believe that by working together we can create a world where:
EQUITY ISN’T PART OF THE EQUATION, IT’S THE ENTIRE EQUATION
We believe that until all of us have equal opportunities, regardless of race, class or gender, none of us can truly claim success. That’s why we advocate and educate on equitable rules to the game.
EXPERIENCE IS ALWAYS AN ASSET
We believe all that all women have the right to achieve economic stability and have access to equal opportunity. That’s why we provide training to mature women so they can find living wage jobs.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
We believe everyone should have a place to call home. That’s why we provide safe, clean and affordable apartments for low-income and disabled elderly in San Francisco.
IT’S TIME TO PUT HER INTO HISTORY
We believe women’s contributions make herstory. That’s why we record their achievements and inspire the next generation of women leaders through our Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
The first YWCA was established in London, England in 1855.
Originally a Christian organization dedicated to social justice, it focused on improving the lives of working women and housing nurses returning from the Crimean war. The United States developed its first chapter in 1858, and YWCA San Francisco & Marin was founded in 1878.
Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, YWCA has been at the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in racial justice, labor union representation and women’s rights. Today YWCA advocates on behalf of 2 million women and girls in the United States, and 25 million women worldwide in over 100 countries. We work together to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.
YWCA San Francisco & Marin continues to be a resource for individuals and families who need assistance to make lives in one of the most ethnically diverse and economically challenging areas in the United States. Our longstanding commitment, along with our unique combination of programming and advocacy, makes us the oldest, largest and most accomplished multiracial organization in the fight for social justice. We welcome you to learn more about our services and programs in San Francisco and Marin.
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