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LiNC curriculum creator retiring

Longtime educator Deana York has retired as director of the YWCA LiNC program. Deana based LiNC on the Impact Life Transitions Program she started at Walla Walla Community College in 2004. Impact was a model program in Washington state. However, many programs lost funding in 2010, including Impact. The program needed a new home, and … Continue reading LiNC curriculum creator retiring


Summit takes on campus violence

SAFER CAMPUSES, COMMUNITY YWCA Campus Advocate Jessica Matthews and a team of student interns representing Whitman College, Walla Walla University, and Walla Walla Community College, hosted a tri-college summit on sexual violence, “Building Community Through Justice and Healing,” Oct. 25 as part of Domestic Violence Action Month. “I was searching for examples of sexual violence … Continue reading Summit takes on campus violence


YWCA Walla Walla receives unexpected gift

Just in time for the holidays, YWCA Walla Walla was surprised by an unsolicited, unrestricted gift of $1 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. She announced her gift in a blog post on Medium Tuesday morning.  Why us? Scott described a rigorous review process focused on nonprofits serving populations with “high projected food insecurity, high measures … Continue reading YWCA Walla Walla receives unexpected gift


Six ways to build YWCA Hansel & Gretel Holiday Houses

Last year, and for many, many years previously, YWCA Walla Walla hosted a much-loved holiday tradition, building Hansel & Gretel houses. If you were there, you may remember how much fun the kids (and parents!) had or how many attended. You may recall, especially in recent years, families wearing extremely festive (definitely not “ugly”) Christmas … Continue reading Six ways to build YWCA Hansel & Gretel Holiday Houses