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Help Keep the Lights On!

Even as we practice physical distancing, we can remain connected through kindness and generosity. Join us in support of the families in and around the Elgin area by participating in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th!

We are asking that you show your support on #GivingTuesdayNow by making a donation to the YWCA Elgin (and other non-profits) and/or participating in the #UNselfieChallenge (more information below). Donations made to the YWCA Elgin will help us keep the lights on so that we are able to continue supporting families in and around the Elgin community.

Thank you again for your support and generosity!

With warm regards,

YWCA Elgin


Help us flood Facebook and Instagram with acts of kindness and positivity by participating in the #UNselfieChallenge.

To participate:

1. Complete an act of kindness (the Unselfie) and record or take a photo of this act. Click here to download the #YWUnselfie Template.

2. Copy and paste the following verbiage into your post:


“I was nominated by ______________ to post a picture or video of myself doing a good deed (a selfless act) in honor of the YWCA Elgin’s #Unselfie Challenge.

I tag you because you are a caring individual who will continue spreading kindness.

Continue the positivity by copying this text and pasting it onto your wall with a picture or video of you doing a good deed. Then, tag more awesome individuals!  Let’s flood Facebook/Instagram with positivity and acts of kindness!

For more information about the YWCA Elgin or to make a donation, visit ywcaelgin.org”

3. Add the photo/video of your good deed and publish your post.


YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin