YWCA Northeast Kansas

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting social justice for all. They come for job training and career counseling. But they come.

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong wome

01/08/2024

Due to inclement weather, YWCA Northeast Kansas offices and programs will be closed on Tuesday, January 9th. The Early Learning Center, Kids Quest program, and in-person services at the Center for Safety and Empowerment will all be CLOSED.

As always, the 24/7 hotline for the Center for Safety and Empowerment will remain open: 1-888-822-2983.

01/08/2024

🎒 Enrolling now! The YWCA Early Learning Center has spots in the preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms. Give us a call today: 785-235-1750.

You can read more about the ELC at www.ywcaneks.org/elc.

01/07/2024

The Topeka Twilight Lions Branch knows how to brighten our day! Thank you for this generous and thoughtful donation of go-bags and winter gear for the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment Day Center 🧡

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 01/05/2024

Stalking is a prevalent victimization. Despite stalking rates similar to those of intimate partner and sexual violence, few resources exist to support victims and survivors of stalking. The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment provides free and confidential services to anyone experiencing stalking in Shawnee, Jackson, Brown, and Wabaunsee Counties. You are not alone. CSE Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-888-822-2983.

More information about our services can be found at www.ywcaneks.org/cse.

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 01/04/2024

Yes, we're still enjoying our holiday decorations, along with another generous donation drive from our friends at Stormont Vail Health! These warm clothes will make a huge difference for survivors and families in our community this winter. Thank you!

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 01/03/2024

Our comprehensive approach to ending human trafficking includes direct services to , community education and training, and partnerships that strengthen prevention and response efforts. Follow along as we share more about the Center for Safety and Empowerment's work during .

Scroll through for some general definitions, numbers, and information on our first CSE community presentation of the year: January 11th, 12pm-1pm, via Zoom. More details to come!

>If you or someone you know is affected by human trafficking, sexual or domestic violence, or stalking, you are not alone. CSE Advocates are available 24/7 on our free and confidential helpline 1-888-822-2983.

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 01/02/2024

Happy New Year from YWCA Northeast Kansas! What better way to start 2024 than with a little motivation from some of our most shared and loved posts over the past year?

🧡 Announcing our Karen Viola Volunteer of the Year, Ann Barr.
🧡 Sharing the 2023 Women of Excellence Honorees
🧡 Voting!
🧡 Welcoming the Top City Step Team to the YWCA family.
🧡 A little virtual tour of the additional shelter location, opening in a few months (in case you missed it: https://www.ywcaneks.org/blog-collection/expanding-hope-cse-shelter-capacity)
🧡 Little Learners looking for new friends! The YWCA Early Learning Center has open spots.
🧡 The Week Without Violence March & Rally

What were your top experiences with YWCA in the last year?

12/29/2023

YWCA Northeast Kansas will be closed on Monday, January 1st, for New Year's Day. If you need to speak with the Center for Safety and Empowerment, our 24/7 helpline will remain open: 1.888.822.2983.

Happy New Year!

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/29/2023

Thanks to all our incredible donors and volunteers, the annual Holiday Store served almost 200 people this year! For two weeks, donors kept the store shelves stocked with holiday gifts for all ages while volunteers helped clients shop for their families. It's a busy few weeks each year, but it brings so much joy to all of us at YWCA Northeast Kansas!

Here are the numbers:
69 clients + 129 children and dependents = 198 individuals served.

And here are the reasons we do this every year:
🧡"[The store] helps me give my children things that they would be unable to get otherwise. The joy on their faces makes my entire world.”

🧡“It makes us feel like we’re worth something and that we’re valued.”

🧡 "We’ve had a hard year, and I would like to give my kids some Christmas joy!”

12/28/2023

A message from Gina Millsap, Board President: I'm today to spread the word about an incredible matched gift opportunity. A generous donor is matching every dollar raised for YWCA Northeast Kansas - but only for a few more days!

I'm asking for your support because I see, first-hand, how the programs and services YWCA provides are strengthening families, breaking down barriers, and building a more equitable community. That's my Y(W). Several fellow board members joined me in sharing their Y(W) on the blog, and I hope you'll take a few minutes to read our stories, then make a donation by 12/31 to double your impact!

Read more here:https://www.ywcaneks.org/blog-collection/tag/My+Y%28W%29

12/27/2023

Our Little Learners are sending wishes for a Happy Kwanzaa to all! ❤️🖤💚💛

12/25/2023

We're wishing all who celebrate a bright and joyful holiday! As a reminder, we are closed on December 25th. YWCA Northeast Kansas offices and programs will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, December 26th. If you need immediate assistance from the Center for Safety and Empowerment, please call the 24/7 helpline at 1-888-822-2983.

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/23/2023

The holiday magic didn't end when the concert was over! A Very Merry Kyle Moreland Christmas and Camel stopped by to deliver even more Christmas joy - and to donate the concert proceeds of $1,301!

And, thanks to a generous donor match (our own holiday miracle), the proceeds are automatically doubled!

12/22/2023

What's your Y(W)? Theresa Dodson shared her reason for joining the YWCA movement: because we provide critically needed programs and services to thousands of families each year in the Topeka region.

Your support for YWCA Northeast Kansas helps us expand the only domestic violence shelter in our service area, supply classrooms in our Early Learning Center, and advance our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Best of all: Your donation will be doubled by a generous match opportunity! All funds raised between now and 12/31 are being matched, dollar-for-dollar.

Join Theresa and YWCA as we head into 2024, and double your impact with a gift today: www.ywcaneks.org/donate

12/21/2023

YWCA Northeast Kansas is closed tomorrow (Friday) and Monday for the Christmas holiday. We're wishing all who celebrate a happy holiday!

If you need immediate assistance, the Center for Safety and Empowerment hotline is always open: 1-888-822-2983.

12/21/2023

Angela Lewis has been with YWCA since college, when she worked with school-aged girls in a YWCA program. She envisions a community where girls, especially girls of color, are empowered to thrive.

Do you share Angela's vision? You can help make it a reality by joining the movement today. And with a generous donor match available until 12/31, you gift is automatically doubled.

Double the hope. Double the healing. Double your impact today!

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/20/2023

CSE Public Education Coordinator Rachel Grollmes got to thank some extra special fourth graders today at Jay Shideler Elementary School! They collected pantry and personal care items for the Center for Safety Empowerment, and their gift is going to help so many families in our community 🧡

Thank you!

Domestic Violence Does Not Take a Holiday, and Neither Do We — YWCA Northeast Kansas 12/19/2023

An important reminder during this busy holiday season 🧡

Domestic Violence Does Not Take a Holiday, and Neither Do We — YWCA Northeast Kansas Popular perception has long held that domestic violence increases during the holiday times. However, this can perpetuate myths around the root cause of domestic violence.

12/16/2023

We hope all of our Kids Quest students, teachers, and families have a great winter break! We'll see you next year ❄️

For more information on our Kids Quest Before and After School Program, or any of our other youth programs, visit www.ywcaneks.org/youth-services.

12/15/2023

Despite retiring in 2020, Gina Millsap has been hard at work making a difference in our community! She is with YWCA Northeast Kansas, serving as the President of the Board of Directors.

What are you waiting for? Today is the day to join us on our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

BONUS: All donations made between now and 12/31 will automatically be doubled! >> Fundraiser link in comments.

12/13/2023

From now until December 31st, all donations to YWCA Northeast Kansas will be matched, dollar-for-dollar! We're celebrating with a little sneak peek of our shelter expansion, which will more than double our capacity to provide a safe and supportive home for survivors.

🏠 Construction is scheduled to be finished in Spring of 2024 🧡

12/13/2023

In less than three weeks, generous donors have contributed almost $30,000 toward our end-of-year match! We love watching those numbers climb, especially as we get closer to finishing the renovations in the CSE shelter expansion. Soon, this stairwell will be free of construction debris and ready for survivors and their families to find safety, support and peace within.

It's not too late to help those numbers climb even higher! From now until December 31st, every donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Donate today and help spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1020353759182517/

12/12/2023

Tara Wallace, founder and executive director at Lighthouse TCO Foundation, knows what it takes to do the "messy work." That's why she joined YWCA Northeast Kansas .

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Join our work today by making a donation. All funds raised between now and 12/31 will automatically be doubled!

Double the hope. Double the healing. Double your impact today by donating below or at the Facebook fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1020353759182517/

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/11/2023

These donations from Potawatomi Community Church will make a huge difference for the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment rural office! Generous supporters and partners in our rural area help us provide crucial, life-saving services to survivors in Jackson, Brown, and Wabaunsee Counties. Thank you!

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/10/2023

Look at these cozy care baskets! What a sweet surprise from former board president Kaitlyn Sester and her crew at the Evergy HR Talent Management Team. Thank you for supporting the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment this holiday season!

Photos from YWCA Northeast Kansas's post 12/09/2023

Once again, Flavor Wagon_785 brought the holiday magic to the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment! Clients and their families enjoyed a beautiful meal, served with love, before shopping in the CSE Holiday Store ❤️💚

Please help us thank the Flavor Wagon crew and their Breaking Bread Program for showing up for survivors. This is a busy time of year for most, but they devoted countless hours to preparing and serving this meal - which is so much more than a meal for the survivors and families that enjoyed it.

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