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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.



Watch the 2014 Women of Achievement event online!

See these guys? They're from Admix (sound) and The Media Center (camera work, live streaming--and now on-demand) and they made the entire 2014 ywca Women of Achievement event unfold live on Friday, March 7.

In the background is our WOA chairwoman in the rose-colored jacket--thank you Jane Powell.

Replay all the action hereCheck it out!

Savvy Chic Boutique & Consigment fundraiser





YWCA Charleston

Join us in an evening full of fashionable community giving in a unique setting with designer fashions and accessories. We will honor an organization and its continued support of programs that empower women in our community.

Saturday, March 8th

5 – 8 pm

817 Quarrier Street

Tickets - $40.00


Each ticket holder will be entitled to receive for their donation a choice of 2-3 items from a selection of fashions, footwear and accessories.

To learn more about Savvy Chic Boutique & Consignment and about the Look Good Do(ing) Good event – please visit www.savvyischic.com.

YWCA Charleston needs your help

Donations of bottled water, disposable dinnerware, aluminum pans and sanitizers desperately needed

The YWCA serves more than 100 women, children and families at our Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families, our Resolve Family Abuse shelter for battered women and their children, Alicia McCormick Homes, Shanklin Center and Empowerment Homes. Additionally, we care for up to 90 children at our Mel Wolf Child Development Center.

We are committed to providing bottled water for drinking, cleaning and cooking while we are managing the current water usage challenges.

In a month’s time, we use and desperately need the following:

  • 286 24-pack cases of bottled water
  • 720 one-gallon bottles of water
  • 2,650 three-compartment disposable plates
  • 700 disposable bowls
  • 1,600 plastic cups
  • 3,000 plastic spoons
  • 80 large disposable aluminum pans
  • 200 large bottles of hand sanitizer

After two weeks of operating to meet the water usage needs of our program participants, we are running out of everything. If you can donate any of the above items, please bring them to the YWCA’s central drop-off location at 1114 Quarrier St. and receive a tax-deduction slip on the spot. You can also make a cash donation on our secure donation page. Just select "YWCA Water Crisis Fund" in the dropdown list in the form.

And please share this plea for help with your friends. For the women, children and families we serve, the YWCA thanks you.

Four to be honored as Women of Achievement

On March 7, the YWCA Charleston will be honoring four extraordinary women – Mary Kay Bond, Susan Poffenbarger, Diane Strong-Treister, and Glenna Hughes – at our 18th Annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon for their contributions to our community. The 2014 honorees were chosen because, as educator, business owner, artist, volunteer and survivor, they exemplify empowered Women of Achievement. 

The event is now sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please call 304.340.3557.


About the Honorees



Mary Kay Bond’s passion for reading led her to be the founder of Read Aloud West Virginia. As Executive Director of the organization, she is doing her part towards its mission to put books on the minds and in the hands of West Virginia’s children.




Award-winning artist Susan G. Poffenbarger, the first woman in West Virginia to receive a federal commission for art, has worked tirelessly to improve the perception and position of women in the art community on both a personal and professional level.





As the president and franchise owner of Manpower, an employment services company, Diane Strong-Treister operates 11 offices in West Virginia and Kentucky and employs several thousand people in administrative, industrial and professional positions. In addition to her professional leadership, she volunteers her time and knowledge on multiple boards and organizations.




Glenna Hughes, the BrickStreet Empowerment Award winner, has overcome chronic homelessness, great personal loss and addiction through perseverance. She currently lives at the YWCA Empowerment Homes and is a regular volunteer at the YWCA Second Seating store.


Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Title Sponsor
Huntington National Bank

Empowerment Award Sponsor
BrickStreet Insurance

Breakfast with Champions
Energy Corporation of America

Appalachian Power
Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC/A&F Financial Advisors LLC
BB&T West Virginia Foundation
Kathy & Marty Becker
Charleston Area Medical Center
Columbia Pipeline Group
The Elliot Family Foundation
Highland Hospital
Manpower, Inc. & Manpower of Huntington
The Media Center

Read Aloud West Virginia
The Honorable Mary E. Stanley

City National Bank
Flaherty, Sensabaugh, Bonasso PLLC
Jackson Kelly PLLC
The Segal Law Firm
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
United Bank
Wells Fargo Advisors
WORTH New York

Commercial Insurance Services
Innovative Mattress Solutions
Kanawha Stone & Terradon
Steve Payne Photography

Bowles Rice LLP
DOW Chemical Company
The Forbes Group/Northgate Business Park
Hilliard Lyons
Jarrett Construction
Mary Agnes & Rex Kern and Kim & Greg Burton
Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins PLLC
Ed & Susan Maier
McKinley Carter
Vickie McLaughlin, Old Colony Realtors
Betty Schoenbaum
Smith Company Motor Cars
Somerville & Company PLLC
Summit Community Bank
West Virginia American Water

Capito for West Virginia
The Charleston Group at Graystone Consulting
DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC
Easy Ads/Real Estate Guide
Fifth Third Bank
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Dr. Deborah Herndon & Mr. Blair M. Gardner
Holiday Inn & Suites
Kingery & Company
Morgantown Printing & Binding
Mountaineer Gas
Bob & Ann Orders
Dr. & Mrs. Arthur B. Rubin
John Sibold Photography
State Electric
Suttle & Stalnaker PLLC
Joanna Tabit
Mr. & Mrs. L. Newton Thomas, Jr.
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Steve & Katy White
WOWK-TV and The State Journal

Admix Broadcast Service

Phyllis Arnold
Pat, Patrick, Matthew & Meredith Bond
Buzz Food Products, Inc.
Charleston Marine
Julie & Jack Deal
Wanda & Donald Droullard
Kathy & Dan Foster
The Glasser Family
Jessica & Pat Graney

Harris Brothers Roofing
Independent Investment Advisors, Inc.
Kemp Littlepage McElwee
Koinonia Class at First Presby
Diana Long
Callen McJunkin
Mary Anne Michael
Morgan Stanley - David K. Perdue
Nautilus Fitness Center, Inc.
Pat Bibbee Designs
Rolston & Company
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Watson
West Virginia Humanities Council
Wickham Cash Partners/Merrill Lynch
George & Sue Zaldivar



Girls Night Out 2014
August 2nd, 2014 - 5:00 pm