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One of our own to speak for YWCA Leadership Luncheon

The theme for 2019 came to Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin during a sleepless night in December. “It was after the new board orientation. Our board member Liza Jacobson advises Leadership Academy at Blue Ridge Elementary and told us that YWCA Mariposa girls are the core of that group. Leadership Academy students do service projects for their … Continue reading One of our own to speak for YWCA Leadership Luncheon


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