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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


JOB OPENING: YWCA Child Care Teacher’s Assistant/Cook

JOB TITLE: Child Care Teacher’s Assistant and Cook REPORTS TO: Child Care Center Director EMPLOYMENT STATUS Hourly, non-exempt Part-time, flexible hours Must be available during center operating hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday- Friday EXPERIENCE/ QUALIFICATIONS High school education. Love for and some experience working with children. Have or obtain portable Washington State DEL background check … Continue reading JOB OPENING: YWCA Child Care Teacher’s Assistant/Cook


Historian Mary Meeker honored for leadership

Each year the YWCA recognizes an individual who has not only made a difference in our community but also has upheld our mission in life and work. Because  the recipient wasn’t able to be with us at the Luncheon, Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin swore the crowd to secrecy, asking them to consider this surprise … Continue reading Historian Mary Meeker honored for leadership


Dear Abby & ‘hard-hitting facts’ made area aware of domestic violence

By Kamna Shastri, 2016 Whitman College Community Fellow & YWCA Archivist   An interesting pamphlet is tucked away in the YWCA’s archives that promises “Hard Hitting Facts.” The pun—if you can call it that—was intended: This pamphlet was fearless in publishing color photos of women who had suffered domestic violence. In 1989, this was a daring … Continue reading Dear Abby & ‘hard-hitting facts’ made area aware of domestic violence


2016 luncheon with Mona Locke a great success

It is a joy to report that net funds raised by the 2017 YWCA Luncheon came to a record-breaking $117,264 (with donations continuing to arrive through May). The event began with Father Steve Woolley helping us all to center our thoughts on the mission, and the hour unfolded with a recognition of sponsors, celebration of … Continue reading 2016 luncheon with Mona Locke a great success


YWCA offers all-day summer childcare through Adventure Club

Smiling children in a swimming pool

Need childcare this summer? Look no further. YWCA Walla Walla provides all-day childcare for ages 5-12 through our Summer Adventure Club program, which begins June 13, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues Monday through Friday during public school vacation. The club is now enrolling for the summer. To register, pick up a registration packet at the YWCA, located … Continue reading YWCA offers all-day summer childcare through Adventure Club


YWCA Walla Walla launches brand awareness campaign

Today, YWCA Walla Walla, alongside YWCA USA and more than 220 other YWCAs around the country, launched a brand awareness campaign, meant to reintroduce YWCA, share its life-changing work, and invite people to join us on our mission to empower women and eliminate racism. “The new brand helps show that our work is not static … Continue reading YWCA Walla Walla launches brand awareness campaign


Carroll Adams honored at YWCA luncheon as a champion for women

When Carroll Adams arrived at the 2015 YWCA luncheon, he had no idea that he’d be taking home this year’s Leader of Distinction award. “Carroll and his wife, Helen, were at my table, and it was so much fun watching his face as he realized that we were talking about him,” said Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, … Continue reading Carroll Adams honored at YWCA luncheon as a champion for women