Since its proud beginnings in 1867, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has been a civil rights and social justice advocate. Our work began with a group of women who met to pray and sew for Union soldier families. This provided opportunity for responsibility and the ideal that women should work for "the elevation of women physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually."
Today, the YW generates institutional change to improve the lives of women and girls. We speak out against racial inequity. We provide comprehensive, coordinated service to struggling women. We help disadvantaged women in their journey toward improved access to health care, and we house homeless and recovering women who have nowhere else to go. The YW teaches middle school girls from distressed home environments that it's OK to excel in STEM subjects - and engages high school students in meaningful discussion on dating violence. At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, we encourage and support parent, provider, and child. We operate the only STAR 4 level Early Childhood facility in the Homewood-Brushton area. As the Child Care Information Services for Allegheny County, the YW makes child care referrals for thousands of working families and distributes thousands of child care subsidies. As Pennsylvania's Southwest Regional Key, we support child care providers with professional development and technical assistance.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is proud to be a YWCA USA affiliate. YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. They are one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh maintains an active Facebook presence, tweets frequently about issues of importance to women, and has Pinterest boards on a range of areas of interest to women.