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What are we up to? Read our recent announcements to find out what's new at the YWCA and how it impacts our community.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day video
YWCA and Firesteel participation in this year’s Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day drew attention from the YWCA USA. Read about it on the YWCA USA website OR watch the video.

Watch Firesteel's video

CEO of YWCA USA in Huffington Post
The Huffington Post ran an exclusive op-ed by Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, YWCA USA CEO. She called for Congress to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and outlined how YWCA's across the nation protect women from violence. 

Read the article

Built Green certification for Family Village Issaquah
YWCA Family Village Issaquah, with its many “shades of green,” was featured by Built Green and called “the greenest affordable housing project that we've ever certified.”

Read the case study

Veteran employment classes in Everett
A new weekly class for veterans starts 2/4 at the YWCA Regional Center in Everett from 4:30 - 7 pm. These small group sessions will provide the skills and support needed to help veterans get back to work. For more information, please contact Brenda Patrykus.

About YWCA Everett Regional Center

YWCA supporters win Spirit of Caring awards
"Countless women and families have a brighter future because of one woman: Rita Ryder." Congratulations to our former Executive Director, who was named Volunteer of the Year, and current Board member Kathy Surace-Smith, who won Ambassador of the Year at the 2013 United Way of King County Spirit of Caring Celebration. 

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Remembering Cheryl Chow, 1946 - 2013
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Cheryl Chow, longtime Seattle civic leader and educator, who passed away last week at the age of 66. She served on the YWCA board from May 2002 to March 2013 and was admired and respected throughout her life as a strong and courageous woman.  
A champion for youth, women and the Asian-American community, Cheryl leaves behind an impressive legacy of leadership and community engagement. She was known for her quick-wit, high standards and dedicated advocacy, and brought a wealth of valuable experiences to the YWCA board: as a teacher and principal, director and President of the Seattle Public School Board, Seattle City Council member, and dedicated community volunteer.

We are deeply appreciative to Cheryl and her family for their longtime support of the YWCA. Today, we celebrate her life and all that she’s given to our community, especially the young people for whom she was a tireless mentor and role model.  

Read the YWCA leadership blog