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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.



Three 2015 Women of Achievement honorees selected

YWCA Charleston is pleased to announce three of the 2015 Women of Achievement. These women – Kitty Dooley, Sharon Flanery and Judy Wellington – were nominated by their community for their contributions to the Kanawha Valley and for their embodiment of the YWCA mission. A fourth honoree, the Empowerment Award winner, will be announced this winter.

Kitty Dooley, a coal miner’s daughter originally from Fairmont, decided to become an attorney at the age of 12. On the path to attaining that goal, she served in the United States Army, completing her military career as a Captain. As an attorney with her own practice in Charleston, Kitty has worked to better her community, and most recently completed 10 years of service as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, where she spearheaded a $60 million effort to rebuild Charleston’s most depressed public housing. She has served with numerous organizations, including Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, the J.R. Clifford Project honoring West Virginia’s first black attorney, and the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action.

Sharon Flanery is one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of energy, mining, natural resources, oil and gas law. As a petroleum engineer with both an operating and legal background in the energy industry, she brings real-world experience to her law practice as a member of the Executive Committee and leader of the Energy and Natural Resources Department at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Charleston. In her position, Sharon is active in supporting the professional development of women in the field, including participating in the Charleston Area Alliance’s Women in Energy forum. She is the recipient of the 2011 Best Lawyers Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year award for the Charleston area and is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the field of natural resources.

Judith L. Wellington is the President and CEO of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. Judy started her career as a research chemist after earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University. She “ran away to the zoo” and while VP at the Philadelphia Zoo, quickly learned that a cultural institution can have a major impact on a city and, more importantly, can change the lives of the individuals it serves. Since then she has worked to integrate the cultural organizations she has led into the fabric of the community and has looked for ways to serve those most in need. Judy serves on the boards of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arts Council of the Kanawha Valley and East End Main Street. She is on the Remake Learning Council in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Join us in celebrating these women whose work, passion, and vision help shape and lead our community. The 19th Annual Women Achievement Awards luncheon will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at Embassy Suites noon – 1:30PM.

Get your tickets for Guys Night Out!

The annual Guys Night Out fundraiser kicks off Saturday, Oct. 25, at McJunkin Red Man headquarters, 835 Hillcrest Drive, East. We won’t know the game time until October, but our event begins two hours before kickoff.

Now in its ninth year, Guys Night Out is the largest tailgate party in Charleston. Come help us cheer on the Mountaineers to a victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Guys Night Out was created by guys who love football and who want to support the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter. The funds raised at this event play a significant role in supporting homeless women, children and families in our community. The event is hosted by MRC and presented by Northside Automotive and BrickStreet Insurance.

YWCA Sojourner’s provides more than just shelter and meals for those without a home. We provide a comprehensive approach to promoting self-sufficiency through personalized case management that can include counseling, education and job training, access to resources and information about transportation.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Carol Sun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here to buy tickets.


Guys Night Out 2014
October 25th, 2014 - 12:00 am