Who We Are
YWCA York is on a mission
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 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 225 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 families, build strong leaders, and advocate for social justice and civil rights at both the state and federal levels.
In line with our mission, YWCA York works proactively and collaboratively to provide programs that promote racial justice, empower women, eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence, educate our children, provide opportunities to youth and strengthen our community. YWCA York is a gender neutral Association. All are welcome!
People come to us in times of crisis. They come for childcare. They come for health and fitness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.
YWCA York was founded in 1891 making this our 125th anniversary! From the start we offered a place for women to come together to learn, strengthen their minds and bodies, and advocate for social change. Over time we expanded our programs and services to serve everyone in our community.
YWCA York responds to the needs of busy families with innovative programs, flexible scheduling, and affordable fees. We are proud of our tradition of promoting wellness and dignity for all people and continue to work for an end to violence and discrimination of all kinds. YWCA York serves over 27,000 individuals annually.