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Since 1912, the YWCA Charleston WV has been fulfilling its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Through our diverse and comprehensive network of social service programs, we serve our clients in many ways: shelter, case management, counseling, education, job training, child care/education and more.

In turn, the participants of our programs respond by mastering the qualities of self-sufficiency and independence—our success stories are many! 

Annually, we assist more than 10,000 individuals in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties. By eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA creates peace, justice, freedom and dignity for the people of our communities.

our mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.



Call to Action for Racial Equality in WV


Join with us Tuesday June 30 at 5:30-7:30 for an important discussion on racial equality and justice!


Solidarity Event to Honor SC Shooting Victims

Charleston WV to hold solidarity event for victims and families of Charleston SC shooting

Community leaders from many of Charleston West Virginia’s civic, and faith-based organizations are asking people to gather at Haddad River Front Park during Live on the Levee tomorrow night in a public show of sympathy and support for Charleston, South Carolina, and Emanuel AME Church still reeling from Wednesday's shooting that left nine people dead. The witness of support will take place at 7:20 p.m. just before the main act takes the stage.

Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, SC is suspected of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church during a prayer meeting. Witnesses say that Roof announced his intention was to “shoot black people” as he opened fire. Six females and three males were killed including pastor, and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Tomorrow night's event is being organized by the Black Ministerial Alliance, the City of Charleston, OneKanawha, and Compassionate Charleston. “We are stunned and saddened by the events in Charleston, SC. It’s hard to imagine the hate that would drive someone to open fire in a place of worship after spending an hour sitting with people in prayer," said Charleston City Council President, Tom Lane. "It's reprehensible."

"We have to acknowledge racial violence and tension in our communities is a reality. It is incumbent upon us to develop and deepen relationships with one another as a means to change this hideous paradigm. But first, we need to extend our prayers and support to those who are grieving," said OneKanawha member, Debby Weinstein.

Rev. Roberta Smith, President of the Charleston Area Black Ministerial Alliance and AME minister, and Rev. Ron English, Black Ministerial Alliance member, will lead the event.

The groups are using social media to spread the word of the event using #OneKanawha. There has also been a Face Book event created which can be found at YWCA Charleston. Donations will be collected at Friday's Live on the Levee for the Charleston, SC Emanuel AME Church's victim relief fund.

Who Should Be the Next Women of Achievement?

It’s time to select the 2016 YWCA Women of Achievement!

Since 1997, the YWCA Charleston has celebrated and recognized dozens of amazing women in our community. Whose accomplishments do you think we should honor in 2016? Who will be next year’s YWCA Women of Achievement? You tell us…

Tell us about a woman who fits the YWCA description of Women of Achievement: a trailblazer, currently living in or native to the cities and counties of Kanawha, Boone and Clay where YWCA Charleston has its footprint, and whose contributions to the greater Kanawha Valley make her a role model for the community. Your nominations will also include women whose work, volunteerism, ethics and principles reflect the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Please help us continue the Women of Achievement legacy by nominating someone you believe deserves this extraordinary recognition.

Here's a link to the 2016 Women of Achievement Nomination Form. Submissions are due by close of business on July 15.  

Girls Night Out: Be a sponsor or a hostess!


More than one thousand women; mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, women of all ages, from all walks of life will have the time of their lives at this summer’s “can’t miss” event.


Now picture you, your company, your brand, helping reduce and eliminate the prevalence of domestic violence in West Virginia, all while captivating the attention of this audience – decision makers – who will remember and repay the commitment you have made to your community.


There are many opportunities for your company to get noticed. Take a moment to look over the different sponsorship levels and what you will receive in turn. Then pay for your sponsorship at the Girls Night Out website.



Become part of the GNO tradition. Hostesses provide the seed money that allows us to launch the event this year and are core to GNO’s history. Make your hostess donation on the Girls Night Out website.


As a special “thank you,” GNO Hostesses will receive special gifts and recognition. Perks include but are not limited to:

  • Ticket to the GNO 2015 Event (valued at $125)

  • Gift Bag Guaranteed (contents valued over $100)

  • GNO 2015 T-Shirt & Flip Flops

  • Exclusive Invitation to Hostess Appreciation Pre-Party (July 7th)

  • Recognition as GNO Hostess at Event and on Website

  • Special Hostess Gift

  • Pride in Supporting Critical Services for Victims of Domestic Violence


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