In late 2018, I was invited to tour the YWCA building in downtown Rochester to learn about the services the YW provides our community. I was awed by the stories of the women who lived there, worked there, and protected their children within the walls of their many shelters and residences across Rochester. There is a doctor's office in there, a day care room, a dentist truck makes visits, meals are cooked and shared - all within a secure facility. Thanks to the YWCA, women at severe risk of domestic violence have a safe place to get care for themselves and their families while they figure out how to start new and healthy lives out of poverty and abuse. Joining the Board was a way to support my personal mission to empower women, and along the way I have learned so much about racism and its destructive, pervasive influence. We say all the time that we really can't empower the most disadvantaged women in our community until we address the systemic racism that keeps them trapped. Help give anunderprivileged woman a seat at the table so that she may start a better life. Any amount will help the YWCA reach it's $50,000 goal by September 30. Be the change you want to see in Rochester.