The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Annual Appeal

Dear Supporters,

With 2020 coming to a close soon, we take a deep breath and say thank you to those YWCA supporters who have given so much to us despite these unprecedented times.  In our 128 years of providing mission driven services, the YW never faced as challenging a year as this one.  Despite the challenges, the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts worked diligently to keep all programs functioning and our efforts paid off when our doors re-opened safely, with Covid-19 mandates in place, in June.

The YWCA is proud that we have continued to provide Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services including, 24/7 hotline, medical, police, and court advocacy, support groups, and individual counseling to survivors via zoom/phone.  In addition, our domestic violence shelter and transitional programs have remained full. While the YW childcare centers were closed, the YW provided 18,134 lunches to children living in Lawrence and Haverhill.  The YW staff prepared/assembled and delivered meals to each family’s door.  The Childcare Center, Early Learning and After School Programs were closed for many months; however, we successfully reopened in June following EEC mandates.

This year, we have an extra special “ask.” Our gym is in desperate need of renovations.  The gym is used daily by children attending our programs, but it is also used by the community.  We have Charter Schools and Public Schools, as well as community agencies using our gym each week.  To completely renovate the gym we will need $60,000 and we are thrilled to have been awarded a $30,000 challenge grant from the Highland Street Foundation. This means every single dollar raised in our Annual Appeal will be matched by this grant.  

I know we always dream big and we always aim for the stars at the YWCA.  It is because we believe children, families and community members matter and deserve programs, services and spaces, which reflect how much we value them AND with YOUR help I know we will reach our goal.

Your donation is tax-deductible and makes a huge difference in the lives of all whom we serve.  Click here and donate online today.  Thank you for your support as we grow and sustain our mission of eliminating racism,  empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Susan Staples, Executive Director