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My Edmonds News
Around 40 people gathered in the sanctuary at the Edmonds United Methodist Church Thursday evening to learn the truth about homelessness in Snohomish County from a panel of experts, including YWCA staff and former clients. The forum aimed to debunk many falsities about homelessness.
Seattle Times
From academia to corporate America, women of color often face additional challenges at work. On Maria Chavez Wilcox’s desk is a printout of “Fearless Girl” in front of the iconic Wall Street charging-bull sculpture. She says it’s her daily reminder to stand strong in the face of all opposition.
KOMO 4
Seattle city leaders laid out new rules for storing guns they claim will save lives on Thursday afternoon. During the announcement at the YWCA, the Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said irresponsibly stored guns are more likely to be used robberies, shootings and fall in the hands of domestic abusers.
The Seattle Channel
Introduced by YWCA CEO Maria Chavez Wilcox, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced new guidelines for responsibly storing guns in Seattle. During the announcement, Durkan also announced $6.4 million in awards for community-based organizations providing services for survivors of gender-based violence.
Seattle Business Magazine
This week's Daring Woman is Alicia Crank, a corporate relations officer at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. Crank wants women to speak up and not be afraid to go toe to toe with their male colleagues. "Turn obstacles into opportunities. Don’t let the concept of being told 'no' deter you from trying anyway. Own your experiences."
My Edmonds News
Volunteers from Edmonds-based First Financial Northwest Bank and the Edmonds Young Professionals group were among those who assisted with YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish's School Days school supply and backpack drive. "We are so thankful for our volunteers and donors who make this possible."
Futurity
The Labor Archives of Washington include thousands of images, documents, and records—from pre-WWII cannery workers posing in solidarity to the current campaign for the $15 minimum wage. Here’s a selection for Labor Day, including archival images from YWCA's history.
The Herald
Seven volunteers recently helped the YWCA with its School Days backpack drive. Volunteers on Aug. 21 packed 135 backpacks with school supplies in just two hours. YWCA School Days expects to deliver over 1,800 backpacks in all to children who use its programs in Snohomish County.
ParentMap
“How do homeless families with young children do it?” That's the question ParentMap received from a curious reader as part of #SeaHomeless. The project, which this year involved eight local media outlets including ParentMap and received hundreds of crowdsourced questions, aims to answer what readers want to know about homelessness in our city.
KUOW
Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against David Meinert, the Seattle nightlife entrepreneur. The addition of these women’s stories makes 11 accusers total. They span the years 2001 to 2015. Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, legal director of YWCA's Sexual Violence Legal Services, provides insight into the experience of sexual assault survivors.
Puget Sound Business Journal
For young adults, the Sheri and Les Biller Foundation has a program called BankWork$, launched in 2006, and CareerWork$ Medical, launched in 2017. The programs, operated in the Seattle area in partnership with the YWCA, focus on placing people into high-demand jobs in the banking and medical sectors. The free programs are eight weeks. Following graduation the foundation holds a job fair for students to connect with employers.
The Stranger
King County has seen a 10% increase in housing units affordable to higher income residents since 2014. But in that same time, the number of units for lower income residents has fallen by 13%. That gap means long waits for people experiencing homelessness, and those waits can take a mental and physical toll. “It’s hard on individuals,” said Jeanice Hardy, YWCA Regional Director. Clients seek out shelter while they “wait on that magical call” for housing.
My Edmonds News
YWCA’s Project Reunite provides permanent supportive housing for women and men experiencing homelessness and in treatment for addiction, so they can reunite with children who were temporarily removed from their custody. Participants in this program live at Trinity Place Apartments, an innovative community partnership between YWCA and the Rotary Club of Edmonds.
The Seattle Times
A YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish program to help parents reunite with their children after prison and work toward a normal life has ambitious goals: Help families find a permanent place to live, plus work and services within 12 to 18 months. “It’s hard for parents to give up things like light bills or phone bills or part of their rent to save it for something expensive like backpacks and school supplies.”
Westside Seattle
Joel Guerra at nineteen, has gone from and back to Honduras, back to Seattle, and learned a lot about the meaning of the American dream in the process. A YWCA program graduate, an honor student, and Evergreen High School graduate, he will attend Washington State University beginning this August.
Northwest Asian Weekly
Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is harder than it used to be. Securing a job without a degree or applicable employment experience requires knowing the ins and outs of specific industries. Enter YWCA Seattle King Snohomish. In 2011, it brought BankWork$, a nationally recognized training program that started in Los Angeles to help people discover and unlock new careers in the financial sector.
HIV Equal
The HIV League, a nonprofit organization working to empower the HIV Community through scholarship, wellness, and education, just selected their 2018 cohort of Scholars to receive an HIV League Scholarship, including Tranisha Arzah, a Peer Advocate for BABES Network-YWCA.
Lynnwood Today
YWCA's BankWork$ program graduated its first Snohomish County-based class on Thursday, May 24. BankWork$, which has been in existence in Seattle and King County since 2011, is a free training program for job seekers to gain the skills and knowledge needed to start a career in financial services.
Seattle Refined
Actress and activist Alfre Woodard brought her star power to Seattle as the keynote speaker for the YWCA Inspire Luncheon. "The YWCA event was just spirited and wonderful," she said. "It was highly festive and communal." YWCA is committed to gathering community together in the fight for social justice. Woodard shares the same passion.
The Seattle Times
When a company invests time and resources in corporate social responsibility efforts, it benefits the community, the employees and the company itself. “Employee giving programs are a critical source of support for YWCA and all nonprofit organizations."
Lynnwood Today
Lynnwood Today publisher Teresa Wippel reflects on her experience of the 2018 YWCA Luncheon in Snohomish County. "There are many ways to give back to your community. Money is important of course, but it doesn’t have to be a lot to make a difference, especially if each of us gives a little."
The Seattle Globalist
Human rights activist Rev. Naomi Tutu brings her vision of hope to the Seattle area in honor of YWCA's Snohomish County Luncheon. “I’m hoping to encourage people to support the work of the YWCA locally, especially in terms of their work around the economic empowerment of women in that community and their support for women experiencing gender based violence.”
Univision
YWCA CEO Maria Chavez Wilcox joined Univision Seattle on April 9 to discuss Equal Pay Day, pay inequity (especially for Latinas), and how YWCA is working to close the gender pay gap.
KUOW
The motels on Aurora provide temporary refuge for those experiencing homelessness. And some families receive vouchers from service organizations so they can live in a heated room while they wait for housing or other services.
The Seattle Medium
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the launch of her proposed Seattle Rental Housing Assistance Pilot Program, which focuses on preventing households from falling into homelessness while on the waitlist for longer-term assistance.
KUOW
YWCA's Domestic Violence Director was included as a speaker at a King County forum centered on the theme of what the #MeToo movement means for various communities.
My Edmonds News
Members of the Richmond Beach Running Club lit up the night in Edmonds to collect donations for YWCA's Pathways for Women, a outreach program that provides housing and services for domestic violence victims.
The Herald
YWCA thanks the support of the Snohomish County community for helping meet the needs of clients over the holidays and through the end of 2017. Highlights for the giving season include over 170 families and 20 adults being served through YWCA's Adopt-A-Family program.
Seattle Times
Read how YWCA's BankWork$ program successfully helps community members in need, like Esperanza: “By having a career in the banking industry, you can get promoted and grow. My goal is to be a branch manager in five years."
My Edmonds News
YWCA thanks our community for going above and beyond with their generosity in the 2017 holiday season. “I have never experienced anything like this before. It was the greatest gift anyone could have given me and my son. I am so full of gratitude!” said Heather O., YWCA client.
News of Mill Creek
Every year, clients at YWCA's Pathways for Women shelter receive crockpots and food donated by the Mill Creek Women's Club. For families who come to the shelter with few belongings, this makes a big difference.
My Edmonds News
Thanks to the creative costuming of Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley, winner of an annual ugly Christmas sweater contest, YWCA's Pathways for Women received a check for $200 from My Edmonds News.
Seattle Times
Rising to the executive ranks of any organization takes a combination of skill, grit, and luck. Eight Seattle-area female trailblazers (including our very own CEO, Maria Chavez Wilcox) share their best advice.
KNKX
When YWCA staff member Saundra Haddix enrolled in Edmonds Community College, she struggled to balance work, school and her family life. But losing her balance was more dangerous than it is for most; it meant potentially falling back into homelessness.
KNKX
When Nicole Price, BABES Network-YWCA Program Manager, found out she was HIV-positive, she turned to a sisterhood of women living with HIV for support.
MyEverettNews.com
Everett Mayor-Elect Cassie Franklin assembles transition advisory team, including Mary Anne Dillon, YWCA's Executive Director of Snohomish County Services.
The Herald
The Herald honors Rick Steves for his inspirational philanthropy in Snohomish County, including the 2017 donation of Trinity Place, a 24-unit housing complex and gift worth $4 million, to YWCA.
Hutch News
BABES Network-YWCA staff member is profiled by Fred Hutch's blog, focusing on her experience living with HIV, as well as her dedication to improving access to HIV prevention and treatment for marginalized communities.
News of Mill Creek
Mill Creek Women's Club's annual auction, benefiting YWCA, exceeded its 2017 goal and raised over $26,000. All proceeds will go toward updating shelter security and appliances.
Lynnwood Today
HomeStreet Bank presented a $5,000 check to representatives of YWCA to support our Snohomish County-based work to house homeless mothers and children, specifically at Pathways for Women and Trinity Place.
Edmonds Beacon
YWCA staff member and Edmonds resident calls for response to recent local act of racism. “To the city of Edmonds: I implore you to take the necessary actions to show that racism and intolerance has no place here.”
POZ
POZ Magazine honors the 100 women improving the lives of those living with AIDS and HIV in 2017. Notably, this list includes Tranisha Arzah, a long-term HIV survivor, activist, and YWCA staff member.
Puget Sound Business Journal
Learn more about YWCA’s new job development program, CareerWork$ Medical, in this profile of the first class’s graduation. “I’ve always wanted to work in the medical community, but I didn’t know I could really do it.”
Puget Sound Business Journal
YWCA's new workforce development program, CareerWork$ Medical, graduated our first class of trainees with the support of major heath care institutions. Half of the class graduated with job offers lined up.
Lynnwood Today
Lynnwood city officials, and YWCA staff and residents gathered to celebrate the dedication of a tree to Rick Steves. YWCA Executive Director Mary Anne Dillon to Steves: “You have inspired us and given us hope.”
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