The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Privacy Policy

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This privacy policy explains how the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts uses and protects any information that you share with us.

The YW is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. We do not sell, distribute, lease or otherwise share personal information provided by you to any entity outside of our organization.  Should you sign up for our communications, any information provided to us by you will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.  We do, however, reserve the right to access and disclose information to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests to operate its systems and to protect itself or its users.

From time to time, the YW may change this policy by updating this page. You should check this page occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from January 1, 2013.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name
  • contact information including home and email addresses, and phone numbers
  • demographic information such as zip code, preferences and interests

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with the information requested, and for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • Understand tastes and preferences to enhance user experience on the site.
  • To send emails about our mission work, or other information which we feel you may find interesting.
  • To contact you for feedback or other purposes.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure, and comply with all legal requirements regarding tending private information. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial and security procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online [and offline]. When you make a donation online, we use a secure server that encrypts the information that you input and transmit to us.


How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file that is stored on your computer’s hard drive in an area reserved for use by the web browser.  It is normally sent by a web server to your computer and enables the server to collect information from your site visit.

We can use information from your visit to deliver a more engaging user experience.  For example, we use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used, which helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to supporter needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may, however, prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide when visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing or solicitation purposes
  • if you have given us permission to use your personal information for direct marketing or solicitation purposes, you may change your mind at any time by emailing us at with your change request.

How to Contact Us

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible at  We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.