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2020/2021 Annual Report

2020/2021 Annual Report Cover, mother and child photo

Partner Family Success Stories, An expectant mother, Tiera* planned to move out of her parents’ house before her baby arrived. Sadly, both her plans and her savings were dealt a blow when she lost her job due to the pandemic. As her due date approached, she secured a new position, and even found a listing for a subsidized apartment. But just as she started to think her challenges were over, she found out the security deposit was more than she could afford. After calling 211, she was connected with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and through the Liz Prine Fund we were able to give her the funds she needed. We’re happy to say Tiera and her little one are happy in their safe new home. When Kailyn’s* mom enrolled her in STEM Stars summer enrichment classes, she was hesitant. As a black seventh grade girl, Kailyn didn’t know if she would be welcome: after all, we know that less than 3% of STEM bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. were earned by black women in 2018. Thankfully, STEM Stars is specifically designed to support girls of color. As the summer went on, Kailyn found that the activities were engaging and she looked forward to each day. By fall, she had developed a passion for STEM. Now Kailyn attends STEM Stars afterschool enrichment during the school year, and we look forward to seeing her continue to shine!

Dear Partner, A single mom who can’t afford the heating bill this month. A grandmother who needs help getting to the grocery store. A young woman with a dream to start a small business in her neighborhood. At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, we have the honor of serving community members like these when they need it most. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has needed us more than ever. We’re proud to say that during the past two years, we’ve increased our capacity to meet basic needs on the ground while also advocating for public policy that changes the game for women and families. In 2020 and 2021, we expanded our Resource Center to meet the growing demand for assistance. As a result, we prevented evictions for 1,665 individuals and families, and are currently in the process of assisting thousands more. Additionally, we helped 1,053 children grow academically during a period of hybrid or fully remote learning. Seeing the need in our community for increased support, we also advocated for the Child Tax Credit for low-income families to be included in the March 2021 coronavirus relief package. Recent studies back up what we see every day: most families used these extra funds for basic needs like utility bills, groceries, and car repairs. Please join us as we continue to address the “here and now” challenges to educational or economic advancement while fighting for dismantling policies and practices that impede race and gender equity. Sincerely, Angela Reynolds, CEO

Our Impact data 2020/2021, Engaged 5,242 individuals with 62 events/trainings in racial justice education through the Center for Race & Gender Equity. Provided early education & care for 116 children through our Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center. Engaged 937 youth with STEM activities and workforce development through LaunchPad, STEM Stars, and more. Helped 3,315 individuals with basic necessities like housing, food, utilities, transportation, and healthcare costs as well as assistance with financial education and legal aid. Assisted 34 women in their journey to improve their circumstances through the Liz Prine Fund. I am so appreciative for the support my family has received over the past two years while my child has been attending the Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center. The level of dedication of the teachers has been invaluable. - Brianna, Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center Parent

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania Call or Text 211 pa211sw.org 211 is a 24/7 telephone helpline that helps prevent hunger, utility shut-offs, and homelessness when people have nowhere else to turn The Liz Prine Fund provides DIRECT, IMMEDIATE, ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE to help a woman who is trying to improve her circumstances (412) 255-1488 ywcapgh.org/lizprinefund to learn more about the grant Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh 24-Hour Hotline (412) 687-8005 24-Hour Text Support (412) 744-8445 wcspittsburgh.org Emergency shelter for adults experiencing domestic violence and their children. Provides specialized care and support for survivors through Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline, Support Groups, and moreOperating Revenue** total $5,598,545 Operating Expenses total $5,828,868 **Does not include the full $20,000,000 MacKenzie Scott grant to be utilized over multiple years.

 

View our previous Annual Reports:

2019/2020 Annual Report