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President wraps up 2-year term

From left: Peggy, Andrea, and Carol. Soon, Carol Allen, YWCA Board President, will hand the baton to President-Elect Molly Phillips. After a recent Executive Committee meeting, Carol reflected on her term with Andrea Unck, Secretary; Peggy McClung, Treasurer; and Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, Executive Director. Carol’s two-year term began in January 2020. A few weeks later, … Continue reading President wraps up 2-year term


YWCA working with Columbia County to solve childcare crisis

Pictured: The Jolly Green Giant (upper left), a folk art reminder of days when Dayton was a major asparagus canning hub, overlooks the proposed site of a new YWCA childcare center. The Columbia County Health System has recently completed a grant requesting funding for a new childcare center in Dayton. And when the grant called … Continue reading YWCA working with Columbia County to solve childcare crisis


Local advocate selected for World YWCA leadership role

Your gifts support positions like Amara’s as YWCA Prevention Advocate Names of leaders and links to each of their local YWCA chapters are at the bottom of this post. On a blustery Walla Walla morning in late September, I logged into a zoom call with Michelle Tehedy, an 18-year-old YWCA leader from Soweto, South Africa. … Continue reading Local advocate selected for World YWCA leadership role


Community generosity a win for everyone

Closeup of gift in female outstretched hands

The Valley Giving Guide (VGG) raised more than $2.5 million in December 2021 for 131 different nonprofits. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin announced the results in an article published January 3, 2021. “Our community is filled with many, many organizations doing important work. It was an honor to be part of this effort, and we are grateful … Continue reading Community generosity a win for everyone


Donors and leaders reflect on pandemic experience, growth

On a warm July evening, members of the Leadership Circle and past YWCA board members gathered to celebrate resilience and optimism at Foundry Vineyards. “Spirits were high, bright persimmon clothing was abundant, and everyone was simply thrilled to be meeting face to face,“ Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin said. At the time, the so-called fourth … Continue reading Donors and leaders reflect on pandemic experience, growth