Thank You for a Successful Year!

by Katie Stanton
Social Media Manager, YWCA USA

2013 is nearly here, so let’s take a step back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. For the YWCA, looking back helps us remember what we can achieve together, and to plan for how we will continue to empower women and eliminate racism in coming years.

YWCAs across the country have truly made an impressive difference in their communities. Our local associations worked hard to serve the two million women and families who participate in our programs every year. Here is just a sample of their many achievements:

  • YW NYC StaffThe YWCA of the City of New York provided relief to the families in Coney Island who were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, despite their own challenges after the storm. Other local associations, like the YWCA of Minneapolis, organized relief efforts to help their fellow association recover.
  • The YWCA York, as part of a Human Trafficking Task Force, increased awareness about the widespread trafficking taking place in their community at their Cocktails for a Cause event. YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., discussed the YWCA USA’s commitment to empowering survivors of violence.
  • The YWCA of O’ahu is expanding their Dress for Success headquarters with a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. They will also be collaborating with U.S. VETS to provide the first and only transitional housing for female veterans in Hawai’i.

Sister Simone Campbell and “The Game”

By Marianne Schild
National YWCA DNC Correspondent

Marianne Schild

When I met with Sister Simone Campbell, I asked her what she thinks are the most important issues at stake.  She replied democracy is at stake.  We must work together and be responsible for each other, and that must be at the heart of our policy.  I told Simone about my experience at the Interfaith Service on Sunday, and the moment of solidarity it created within a sanctuary of a southern church.  I asked Simone when the invocation of words like truth, justice and peace became politically charged.  She shared that politics is now more about winning a game than engaging in the issues and solving the problems; therefore, politicians no longer think about governance, they are only concerned with “winning.”  People hold tightly to their parties as if they were rival sports teams.  She said, to solve this, we must stick to the Constitution, We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.  Really read those words.  Do you feel like that is what is going on today?  This game makes for manipulative politics that make it okay for politicians to say things that are simply not true.  This is not about serious governance.