YWCA Greater Pittsburgh provides services, empowerment, and advocacy to eliminate racism and empower women. Our programs include the Center for Race & Gender Equity, Early Care and Development Center, Youth Services & STEM Programming, and the Resource Center. Find out more at What We Do.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh often collaborate to provide services for families in need (for instance, via our Hope for All program and our Free Tax Prep program.) However, the YW and the YM are completely separate organizations, with separate (if similar) missions. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has offered health and wellness services in the past, but today we provide social services and advocacy.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and YWCA USA are separate organizations bound by a shared brand and mission. We often refer to YWCA USA (or “national”) as the “parent” Association, and to other local YWs as “sister” Associations. The parent provides our distinctive brand, a range of service and policy priorities, guidance, research, and conversation about best practices and need. Meanwhile, local Associations respond to the particular needs of their regions with services and advocacy.
There are many different ways to get involved, including sharing information, volunteering, attending events, becoming a donor, becoming a member, and enlisting in our Board of Directors or Young Leaders Board. We suggest you start by becoming a member, a free service that will keep you updated about our priorities and activities. You can also like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
Membership provides you with the information you want about all of our advocacy interests, news, and activities. It provides you with ongoing access to the events and topics you care about – and a lapel pin that shows you care and lets you identify others who stand with us in our battle against racism and sexism. Because you select your topics of interest when you complete our membership form, you will receive only the material that you want to receive. It’s free, and you can opt out at any time.
Sadly, racism and sexism are alive and well, even in 2020. The facts are clear from research that the City og Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission reported upon last year and from the obvious segregation and injustice right here in our city. For a snapshot of YWCA’s rationale for our work, please refer to this flier.