About the YWCA

For more than 135 years, the YWCA Central Massachusetts has served as a life-long positive force for women and girls, their families and communities. By leveraging the reach, power and passion of our members and supporters, we have created lasting change.

This YWCA is part of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, there are more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 200 local YWCAs nationwide.

More important than the numbers is the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong female leaders, and advocate for racial and social justice and women’s rights.

Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for childcare. They come for health and wellness. They come for housing. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

Our Mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Our Vision

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts will strive to be an all-inclusive women’s advocacy and resource center with a pro-active membership serving the diverse needs of women through leadership, service and support.

Hallmark Initiatives

There are many approaches used by YWCA to carry out our bold, dual-pronged mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, but two very specific priorities are present: our YWCA Hallmarks of Racial Justice and Women’s Economic Advancement.

Our Hallmark Programs have direct impact and create meaningful change with measurable results. We not only intend to raise awareness of the issues, we intend to affect real change. Our goal is not to pave the way for the future. It is to create the future. A better future.

They carry out our mission. They are a reflection of our brand. They are what distinguish the YWCA from all other socially conscious organizations.