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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.



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.

You can still attend Girls Night Out White Hot Soiree

Saturday, Aug. 2, 5 to 10 pm

Hangar Party at Yeager Airport

General Admission Wristbands:

Your purchase includes shuttle service to the event, food and drinks for the evening, and chance to enter in the night’s auctions.

  - Must be 21 to attend
Girls Night Out benefits the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. 

Women of Achievement nominations now open

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 2015? 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. Please fill out, print and return this nomination form by July 12, 2014. Mail your completed form to Pam May, YWCA Charleston, 1426 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston WV 25301 or fax to 304.340.3614. If you have questions or would like to discuss, please contact Carol Sun at 304.414.3113 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Dr. Maya Angelou's funeral on live streaming video

It is fitting that Dr. Maya Angelou’s life will be celebrated in a private memorial service at 10 am (ET) on Saturday June 7, 2014, at Wake Forest University. Dr. Angelou taught at Wake Forest for more than 30 years, and before her death on May 28, at age 86, Dr. Angelou was scheduled to teach a course entitled, "Race Culture and Gender in the US South and Beyond" in the fall. While the closed service is for friends and family only, Wake Forest will live stream the ceremony for the public on its website, starting at 10 am. Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to speak at the celebrated poet's memorial service on Saturday. View it live here.



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