YWCA Hartford Region
135 Broad St
YWCA is a women's membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. In the United States, there are approximately 250 YWCA’s serving more than two million members and participants at 1,778 sites. Worldwide, the YWCA has associations in 122 countries serving 25 million women and their families.
YWCA Hartford Region was founded in 1867 to house and train young women who were moving into the city from surrounding farm areas. The YWCA continues to work to accomplish its mission by providing quality programs and services that dramatically change the lives of countless women and girls; promoting cross-cultural understanding; and advocating for productive and self-sufficient lives for women and their families. Critical programs and services include: childcare, emergency shelter and supportive housing, teen leadership, financial capability, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, child abuse prevention and racial justice education and awareness. The association is also expanding its advocacy in support of issues that impact the clients that we serve and support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
The organization has an annual operating budget of $5 million, a $10 million endowment, and receives its funding from a variety of sources, including fee-for service activities, state and federal contracts, fundraising and membership dues. In 2010, the major sources of revenue were 21% from government contracts, 46% from program fees, 9% from special events, and 13% from contributions including United Way, corporations, foundations and individuals. Membership totals 750, and approximately 2,000 individuals are served through YWCA Hartford Region programs.