MISSION: The YWCA of Madison is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1909 as a member of the national YWCA. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic and economic groups. The YWCA provides leadership in our community, nation and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA Madison is committed to providing safe, affordable housing for low-income women, emergency shelter for homeless women and families, Racial Justice programming, education and training to ensure economic security for women, and enrichment programs for girls to grow healthy, strong, and confident.
OUR ONE IMPERATIVE: The YWCA locally and nationally has adopted the one imperative of eliminating racism wherever it exists.
OUR VISION: Women are empowered and the equality of their lives greatly improve in partnership with the YWCA. As more women find personal strength, together we build a community where diversity and the elimination of discrimination are celebrated and honored.
As a member of the national YWCA, an autonomous women's movement, the YWCA Madison plays a leadership and a collaborative role as it works to achieve positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community. The largest provider of affordable housing for women in Dane County, the YWCA is home to more than 350 women, children, and families each year. In addition to its commitment to providing safe, affordable housing for low-income women and emergency shelter for homeless women and families, the YWCA of Madison offers education and training to ensure economic security for women. The YWCA Employment and Training Annex provides the resources and support needed to help individuals find, change, or maintain a job and acquire the skills they need to advance in the workplace. Throughout all these services and programming, the YWCA relies on its foundation of passionate and committed volunteers.