Who We Are

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Our Mission

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

This YWCA mission statement was adopted by the General Assembly in 2009.

Who We Are

YWCA Greater Cleveland is a unique and vital community resource in Northeast Ohio committed to eliminating racism and empowering women.

Today, YWCA is the largest women’s organization in the world with a presence in 125 countries. The organization has more than 25 million members across the globe. In the USA YWCA serves more than 2.5 million children, youth and adults annually as it works to fulfill its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

YWCA Greater Cleveland was established in 1868. It is the seventh oldest YWCA in the country and one of the oldest continuously operating nonprofits in Cleveland.

YWCA is committed to the empowerment of women, but our organization is not comprised of only women — or serving only women. YWCA has women and men as members, volunteers, supporters and leaders of the organization. Our programs serve women and men, young adults, adolescents and children. We also provide services to other nonprofit organizations and the business community.

We are not affiliated with YMCA, a separate agency with a different mission. Although some YWCAs do provide fitness facilities, this is not one of our core areas.

YWCA is not a religious organization. We are an independent nonprofit organization with no formal ties to any religious group. While YWCA’s roots are grounded in the values of our devotedly Christian founders, the organization embraces and is strengthened by the richness of its diversity. Today, the people who represent YWCA and those we serve are diverse in every way. We welcome everyone regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, abilities, socio-economic status and other dimensions of difference. All are welcome.