About

YWCA Olympia is on a mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the political, social and economic status of all women and girls. Our vision is a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression and thrive in a just society. We are a multi-service organization that has served girls, women and families since 1945.  The YWCA of Olympia has a rich tradition of leadership and strategic problem solving that spans our 70+ year history. Historically, YWCA Olympia has served as an incubator having started SafePlace, the Rape Relief Center and the Refugee Center, which all began as YWCA programs.

Nationally, the YWCA has a long history of promoting equity in the areas of politics, health care, employment and racial justice. In Olympia, YWCA is focused on eliminating racial and gender inequity and advancing the social and economic status of all women and girls. Our approach is multi-faceted, offering programs and services, engaging in advocacy to promote systemic change and educating the larger community on relevant issues.  While we serve all individuals, the YWCA of Olympia prioritizes women who are low-income and/or women of color.  Through our programs and services, the YWCA serves over 14,000 individuals annually, 80% of whom are women.  Additionally, several of our programs support young women, with 600 girls between the ages 10 to 17, served each year.   All of our activities are aligned with our three platform areas: Economic Advancement, Health & Safety, and Racial Justice & Civic Leadership.

Economic Advancement

Girls Without Limits!: Fostering confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encouraging girls to pursue careers in those fields

Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (including Kathleen’s Closet & the Other Bank): Ensuring all women have the skills and resouces to gain employment and experience economic advancement and financial stability

Workplace Equity Initiative:  Engaging and equipping employers to create equitable workplaces

Health & Safety

Girls Circle: Developing healthy and resilient girls that thrive and preventing violence against women

Girls Council: Providing a network of support, empowerment programs and positive pro-social engagement for young women ages 12-17 who are struggling with moderate mental health or substance abuse challenges. 

Girls Only Active Learning (GOAL): Equipping young women in the juvenile justice system with communication tools and healthy coping strategies to reduce recidivism   

The Other Bank: Promoting health and dignity through personal hygiene

Racial Justice & Civic Leadership

Intercultural Foundations: Assessing intercultural competence to equip the community with meaningful understanding and skills to bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion, creating a foundation of respect and dignity for all

    

YWCA of Olympia   220 Union Ave SE   Olympia, WA 98501   360.352.0593

Serving Thurston, Mason & Lewis Counties