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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


Kirsten Schober joins team to coordinate events, engage donors

We have a saying at YWCA Walla Walla: “We never say goodbye at the YWCA.” In the mid-1990s Kirsten Schober worked for YWCA’s Gourmet Gifts program. It wasn’t one of her favorite jobs; she claims to be fairly terrible at gift-wrapping. Fortunately, we have found a place for her this time that is a great … Continue reading Kirsten Schober joins team to coordinate events, engage donors


YWCA and volunteers Take Steps Against Domestic Violence

“On Main between 2nd and 3rd,” says YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, “a past YWCA board member came out of an office with tears in her eyes and told me how amazing the shoe displays were.” This was only one of many responses to the stories and corresponding shoes distributed downtown by YWCA Walla … Continue reading YWCA and volunteers Take Steps Against Domestic Violence


“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


LINC graduate accomplishes a major milestone

An enthusiastic crowd turned out Thursday evening, June 14, to celebrate high school completion by some nontraditional students at Walla Walla Community College. Several students came through the STAR Project (Successful Transition and Re-Entry), a program whose mission is to provide persons being released from incarceration with tools to successfully re-integrate into the community. Others … Continue reading LINC graduate accomplishes a major milestone


Nancy Butler named 2018 YWCA Leader of Distinction

Nancy receives her award, including a crown for the “Queen B” At the YWCA Luncheon May 2, 2017 award-winner Claire Siegel presented the 2018 Leader of Distinction Award to longtime educator and YWCA staff member Nancy Hendricks Butler. The text of Claire’s presentation follows: This year’s Leader of Distinction is a teacher who got involved with … Continue reading Nancy Butler named 2018 YWCA Leader of Distinction