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Advocating for Change

With more than 20 locations across two counties, YWCA is a social justice organization that creates real change.

YWCA Elgin works where we’re needed most, with people who face the greatest barriers to stability and opportunity. We know that not all women, or all people, are treated equally. Women and girls of color experience injustices due to their race, gender, background, and more.

YWCA Elgin 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

Advocacy Priorities

Commitment StatementAdvocacy for Change

The YWCA Elgin continues to advocate for affordable housing. In a world of uncertain economic times and limited resources, it is more vital than ever to help ensure that affordable and quality housing options are accessible to families and individuals with low to moderate income levels.

Our Work

• Issue Education       • Advocacy

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The Housing Authority of Elgin, IL (HAE) is a public housing  agency and its mission is to provide quality affordable housing for low to moderate income families, and to make public housing in Elgin a “housing of choice.”

For more information on what programs the Housing Authority of Elgin has to offer, click here.

Commitment Statement

The YWCA Elgin ensures that all children have equal access to comprehensive, high-quality educational programs, including continuous development support. The YWCA Elgin feel early education plays an important role in reducing poverty and inequality by giving all children the opportunity to reach their full potential. When children get off to a strong start, they are more likely to grow up to be contributing members of their communities, helping to create a stronger economy.

Our Work

• Issue Education   • Advocacy

• Direct Services: ESL Family Literacy and School Age Childcare

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Commitment Statement

The YWCA Elgin supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to , policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and provide education on racism and its elimination.

Our Work

• Issue Education       • Advocacy

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Commitment Statement

The YWCA Elgin supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, holds perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking crimes, gun violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and full funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violent acts.

Our Work

• Issue Education       • Advocacy

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Commitment Statement

The YWCA Elgin believes a livable wage helps women and families better afford basic necessities, such as food, medicine, child care and housing. The YWCA Elgin supports policies to raise the federal minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay and maintain the earned income tax credit to help provide economic security for all.

Our Work

• Issue Education       • Advocacy

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Commitment Statement

The YWCA Elgin supports the advancement of policy solutions to the health-care system to ensure affordable and quality health care options for all, including the uninsured and under-insured, the unemployed, retirees, individuals and families.

Our Work

• Issue Education       • Advocacy       • Direct Services: Diabetes Classes run by Advocate Aurora Health

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The YWCA Elgin is not accepting clothing donations for our Clothing Center or Cinderella’s Closet at this time.

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