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JOB OPENING: YWCA Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Advocate, part time, based in Dayton

JOB TITLE:   Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate, based primarily in YWCA Office in Dayton with some time in Walla Walla REPORTS TO:  Director of Client Services JOB PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE:  Advocate for and provide service to domestic violence and sexual assault clients SUMMARY OF DUTIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES Provide professional representation for the YWCA with YWCA clients and the Columbia County community. … Continue reading JOB OPENING: YWCA Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Advocate, part time, based in Dayton


My Friends’ House: Empowering caregivers to give their best

Haley Puckett (left)  and Amairany Alvarado are lead teachers at My Friends’ House. Haley and Yazmin Ramos received video coaching through the FIND Project.   My Friends’ House (MFH) preschool and childcare center is a safe, nurturing place for kids. Recently the staff earned Early Achievers certification from the state of Washington, a program that … Continue reading My Friends’ House: Empowering caregivers to give their best


‘Penrose’ a special guest at year-in-review event

The YWCA annual meeting this year took place on Feb. 6, in the reception room. About 75 attended ranging from board members and staff to volunteers. Shelly Franklin, a YWCA volunteer, portrayed Mary Shipman Penrose, who founded the YWCA Walla Walla chapter in 1917. Shelly gave a brief history lesson on our Founding Mother’s involvement with … Continue reading ‘Penrose’ a special guest at year-in-review event


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


Next Century Fund: Securing the future for tomorrow’s women

The new year has begun, and it’s a special one for us! YWCA Walla Walla is celebrating 100 years of empowering our community! You can expect a burst of activities and excitement from YWCA throughout the year. Reaching this milestone has us thinking about our past—and our future. We look back to a group of … Continue reading Next Century Fund: Securing the future for tomorrow’s women


Dia de los Muertos activities celebrate Latin culture

Stop in to YWCA Walla Walla during the last week of October to appreciate a bit of Latin culture. Celia Guardado, new Community Relationships and Outreach Coordinator, will bring Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, to YWCA, and the display will stay up through Nov. 1 and 2, the actual holiday. Though … Continue reading Dia de los Muertos activities celebrate Latin culture


YWCA-Whitman partnership builds a safer community

YWCA Walla Walla has added not only a new advocate to our team but also a new position: Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate for Whitman College. We welcome Hailey Powers, a recent M.A. in sociology graduate of the University of Chicago, who is uniquely qualified to fill this role. Hailey’s master’s thesis focused on campus policies … Continue reading YWCA-Whitman partnership builds a safer community


Your donations help expand YWCA services

Help for kids Most people know that YWCA Walla Walla shelters children as well as adults— sometimes, kids even outnumber the moms! So it’s no surprise that we’ve been thinking about how to better meet children’s needs. That’s where Katherine Besst, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault /Children’s Advocate comes in. Katherine will spend half her … Continue reading Your donations help expand YWCA services