The YWCA Elgin is raising funds for our Powered by Purpose Annual Campaign, and our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of 2023.
Since 1901, we have been Powered by Purpose. Our purpose is to empower women and eliminate racism. To achieve this, we must meet our clients where they are most vulnerable and provide the compassion and services that place them on a path to self-sufficiency and prosperity. Our vision is that all women and their families can achieve their full potential in a world without discrimination, and your donation to our campaign will help make this possible.
In addition to funding, our vision requires a focus on the future, anticipating the needs of our clients, and creating innovative solutions to the problems they most often face, such as poverty, unsafe living conditions, lack of reliable and affordable childcare, and unemployment.
We are constantly evolving our services to meet the changing needs of our clients today and in the future.
So far, in 2023, we have provided services to over 2,000 community members. These services include school-age child care, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, preschool for the children of ESL students, clothing and prom dresses for those in need, workforce development training, citizenship and immigration services, and a creative camp for teens. In addition to our core programming, in our fiscal year 2023, we gifted $201,500 to families in need with the help of the Immigrant and Family Support Project, gave $2,550 in gas cards to students, distributed 130 children’s books and 50 educational games, presented a high school senior with a $2,000 scholarship, created a cultural campaign celebrating the diverse Elgin community members, provided 54 children with Christmas presents, allocated $43,835 in scholarship for U.S. Citizenship clients, and helped many families with supplemental food and household supplies. We have also supported YWCA USA in lobbying for pay equity and hate crime legislation, increased funding for Head Start, and passing the Violence Against Women Act. None of this would have been possible without support from community members.
We encourage you to be Powered by Purpose and donate today! Help change lives and restore hope for women, their families, and our community. Please support our mission by donating. Donations can be made online by clicking the button below or mailing a check to YWCA Elgin, 220 East Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120.