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2023 Believe gifts to date raised $80,134 for families in crisis

THE 2023 JUST BELIEVE YWCA party in September brought together a community dedicated to better lives for women and families. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items – including treasures like Gonzaga basketball tickets (court side!); homemade, delivered soup meals; and a stunning handmade king-size quilt – focused on experiences that bring people together. After a … Continue reading 2023 Believe gifts to date raised $80,134 for families in crisis


Remembering lives lost, hope

Backlit colorful t-shirts hang in a shop window

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Action Month in October included numerous impactful events, including the Clothesline Project, a domestic violence vigil, and a candlelight walk. EMPOWERING VOICES WITH ART Thanks to an AAUW mini grant, the Clothesline Project spread awareness and solidarity from Walla Walla to Dayton. Student and community volunteers contributed beautiful messages and stories that graced … Continue reading Remembering lives lost, hope


The Clothesline Project: Raising awareness, honoring survivors

To mark October, Domestic Violence Action Month, YWCA Walla Walla will host The Clothesline Project. This nationwide movement amplifies the voices of survivors and victims of intimate partner violence, abuse, and sexual assault, while also raising awareness and understanding. Picture this: A clothesline hung with T-shirts, each one using words and pictures to tell a … Continue reading The Clothesline Project: Raising awareness, honoring survivors


Mariposa prevention program back in full bloom

Mariposa girls wrote affirming valentines to each other and themselves.

With Kate Stoops, Mariposa Coordinator YWCA PREVENTION work in the elementary schools of Walla Walla and College Place has bloomed as the easing of Covid restrictions makes it possible for us to connect in person again. After two years of lockdown, the specter of middle school has been extra daunting. One student described it as … Continue reading Mariposa prevention program back in full bloom


National YWCA president shares message of empowerment for girls and women

YWCA USA board president Tina Herrera at the 2023 YWCA Luncheon podium giving the keynote address

After two years of virtual luncheons – and last year at half capacity – YWCA Walla Walla joyfully welcomed more than 400 supporters to the Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom. This year’s luncheon took us back to the fundamentals with a focus on being present: “Just be.” Presence – to live in the present moment and … Continue reading National YWCA president shares message of empowerment for girls and women


Mary Lynne Schroeder recognized for life of service

Mary Lynne, left, smiling at her table across from a bouquet of persimmon-colored roses

At the 2023 YWCA Leadership Luncheon, Rhonda Olson, 2016-2017 board president (pictured, right), presented the Leader of Distinction Award. Following is the text of that presentation: Every year at this luncheon, we honor someone who has exemplified the YWCA mission in their lives, with a focus on reaching out to, lifting up, and celebrating the … Continue reading Mary Lynne Schroeder recognized for life of service