YWCA Greater Pittsburgh FAQs
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh provides services, empowerment, and advocacy to eliminate racism and empower women. Our programs include the Center for Race & Gender Equity, Early Learning Center, Opportunity Pathways Programs, and Economic Advancement Programs. Find out more at What We Do.
We have two offices, one at 305 Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh, and the other at our Homewood-Brushton Center at 6907 Frankstown Avenue in Homewood.
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 signing up for our e-newsletter, which will keep you updated about our priorities and activities. You can also like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
Sadly, racism and sexism are alive and well. The facts are clear from research that the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission reported on 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.