A Seat at the Table: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

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A Seat at the table
Everyone is deserving of a seat at the table.
  Aug 26 2020 . Rochester, NY, USA

At YWCA Rochester, our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Our vision is to be recognized as an influential leader in racial equity, housing, and young adult services for women and families.  For the past 14 years, YWCA of Rochester has relied on our signature event, the Empowering Women Luncheon, to raise funds to support our shelter, housing, and young adult programs. This year, we re-envision our luncheon and offer innovative ways to continue supporting Rochester women and families in need.  We believe that our community requires us to do the right thing, even if the implications are challenging, and we know that we cannot build a better Rochester without you. 

The year 2020 celebrates the 100th year since the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, but the fight is not yet over. At YWCA Rochester, we offer housing programs that ensure women and families move from homelessness to long-term stability. We provide the tools to help women in need, but we need your help.

We are grateful for the support we have received over the years and believe that when we use our collective power to support our fellow community members, we can empower women, eliminate racism, and create the systemic change we need to root out all injustice.  While 2020 requires us to set aside our 15th Annual Empowering Women Luncheon, there are still women and families who need our programs, services, and a safe place to call home. Join us and support our mission as we raise money to continue serving our community and supporting women who need us. 

Here’s How You Can Make a Difference:

- Become an Empowering Citizen and create a team on GoFundMe to raise money for YWCA! Invite family, friends, and coworkers to have a seat at your table and donate towards your team to create racial equity, empower women, and make the systemic changes necessary to build an equitable Rochester.

- Join a team to support, promote, and donate to raise money towards rooting out all injustice, eliminating racism, and empowering women in our community.  

We hope that we can count on you to make a gift and support YWCA Rochester. Your 100% tax-deductible gift will go directly to provide the services women and families need for empowerment and success.

Every dollar up to $50,000 is matched thanks to Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation!

Thank you for your continued support of local women and girls and for supporting our mission to eliminate racism and empower women! We can’t do this without you. 

To learn more about the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women, please visit our website at 

Posted by Young Womens Christian Association of Rochester and Monroe County

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