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AllState volunteers secure 5 grants for YWCA

Thank you to Allstate volunteers Machelle Colligan, Agency Owner, and Steve Skurka, Amanda Dross, Brianna Coffland, and Terri Collette, Personal Financial Representatives, for their generous support of YWCA Walla Walla.  “Allstate challenged each of us this year to become involved in The Allstate Purple Purse Foundation,” said Machelle.  This foundation, established in 2005, is dedicated to helping … Continue reading AllState volunteers secure 5 grants for YWCA


“Hansel and Gretel” house event coming to YWCA

Kids of all ages are invited for a sweet afternoon of building holiday houses from graham crackers, super-stiff icing, and lots of fun candy at the YWCA on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The cost of this holiday tradition is $5 plus one non-perishable food item per child to share with the YWCA domestic violence shelter. Space is … Continue reading “Hansel and Gretel” house event coming to YWCA


Jessica Matthews named YWCA campus advocate

A new Sexual Assault Victims Advocate for Whitman College has joined the YWCA staff. Jessica Matthews recently arrived from Seattle, where she worked for the Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center at Harborview. Prior to that, she served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Malawi, leading efforts to establish a men’s HIV and violence prevention program … Continue reading Jessica Matthews named YWCA campus advocate


You sent the Fun Factory rolling into parks

YWCA van takes games, library books, crafts to underserved neighborhoods in the Walla Walla Valley This summer’s Fun Factory team touched the lives of more than 2,500 children all over the Walla Walla Valley. The team was especially excited about visiting Dayton, where no other summer park activities were offered, and the VA grounds, where … Continue reading You sent the Fun Factory rolling into parks


Paola Gianturco inspired Walla Walla crowd at Leadership Luncheon

Wednesday, May 2, YWCA Walla Walla had the pleasure of hosting Paola Gianturco, our keynote speaker at the YWCA Leadership Luncheon. The theme of the 2018 event? FEARLESS.  Paola recently published Wonder Girls: Changing Our World in collaboration with her 11-year-old granddaughter Alex Sangster. The pair documented the work of 15 girl-led nonprofit groups in … Continue reading Paola Gianturco inspired Walla Walla crowd at Leadership Luncheon


International photojournalist coming to Walla Walla

YWCA Walla Walla is excited to announce that Paola Gianturco will be the keynote speaker at the YWCA Leadership Luncheon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets, $50 per guest, are available from the YWCA office or from one of our Table Captains. Paola … Continue reading International photojournalist coming to Walla Walla


Claire Coryell Siegel named 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction

Claire Siegel (right) has cochaired the six most recent YWCA Luncheons with Wendy Cheng (left). At the YWCA Luncheon May 3, 2014 award-winner Karen Bayne presented the 2017 Leader of Distinction Award to longtime educator and YWCA supporter Claire Siegel. Claire Coryell is the third student from the end, top right.   Claire’s work for the … Continue reading Claire Coryell Siegel named 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction


YWCA Luncheon speaker inspires sold-out crowd

  The 2017 YWCA Luncheon celebrated our 100th year in Walla Walla! Because the luncheon celebrated our 100th birthday, Sydney Bridgeland led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday, YWCA,” and dessert was birthday cupcakes. With 450 guests squeezed into the Marcus Whitman Ballroom, Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin and Board President Rhonda Olson recapped the YWCA history and mission, … Continue reading YWCA Luncheon speaker inspires sold-out crowd


Meet Dana, YWCA Centennial Writer

Dana Matsunami, just named the YWCA’s Centennial Writer, is a senior at Whitman College majoring in history and minoring in politics. Though she hails from a little town just north of Seattle, Dana spent the past summer  working in Washington, D.C., with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. At the Smithsonian, Dana as­sisted a … Continue reading Meet Dana, YWCA Centennial Writer


Believe: You made it a magical evening

It was a night to remember. The Foundry Vineyard was hopping with live music by Kate and the Crocodiles, and 200 guests enjoyed food from Olive and wine from Foundry Vineyards. All under a beautiful full moon. Whitman College men’s basketball coach, Eric Bridgeland, was a fabulous auctioneer. “His passion for the mission inspired everyone!” … Continue reading Believe: You made it a magical evening