YWCA Tri-County Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
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YWCA is the nation’s oldest and largest women’s multicultural membership organization, reaching women at 300 locations in the United States and in 109 countries. Its mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA Tri-County Area was founded as YWCA of Pottstown in 1908. Its original focus was to provide a haven for young girls and women who were homeless, or who had come to Pottstown to work in the town’s factories. Over the years, services expanded and adapted to meet the changing needs of girls and women in the community, and to work for racial justice and equity within the organization and throughout the community.
Although YWCA Tri-County Area’s buildings had to close between March 13 and July 6, the learning continued in most of our programs. YW continues to provide remote learning opportunities for its program participants, despite a loss of earned income throughout all programs. Our goal is to engage participants and their families – the majority of whom are low- to moderate-income – in program activities via internet and phone.
This public health crisis has affected everyone, but is impacting our program participants and their families heavily. We are grateful for the support of our community as we continue to respond to the needs of our program participants. Thank you.
Today, YWCA Tri-County Area remains a leader in advocating for girls and women, and families providing quality programs and services designed to support and enrich the community. YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, children, and families an educational organization that is empowering and inclusive, providing programs which encourage individuals to learn, grow, become, and take a stand. Direct service programming includes early childhood education, before- and after-school enrichment, youth empowerment, adult education, and workforce development. Mission-based advocacy efforts raise awareness, offer issue education, and build social capital around women’s empowerment, racial and social justice, and safe and healthy communities. YWCA Tri-County Area is proud of its holistic view of the families it serves and engages the community regularly through events designed to bring people together to spotlight community issues and solve community problems.
YWCA Tri-County Area envisions a world that holds equal promise for every person, celebrates diversity, practices inclusion, and promotes equality. We are committed to drive change, to listen, facilitate discussion, support and most importantly, act. Through our collective work, YWCA Tri-County Area will be known as an organization where all people, but especially women, girls, and families of color, receive trauma-responsive, culturally competent education services that will support the enrichment of their lives.
Early Education Center:
“Nicky has improved 1000% since attending YW3CA’s Early Education Center. Not only has his grammar and social abilities improved but he’s grown developmentally in every aspect of his life.” Mr. Perich
“At their age (4) it’s just as important for them to improve socially as they do academically. Their ability to become social creatures is so crucial to their overall development. Their ability to meet new people is like night and day from when they started this program until now.” Mr. Perich
Youth Empowerment Programs:
“The Career Exploration nights were very helpful. I feel that my daughter benefitted from the program tremendously. It was nice that she was part of a leadership group. I believe it made her feel empowered.” Anonymous
“I really loved that my daughter enrolled in the program and stuck with it throughout the year. She could use as much help as possible with becoming confident in her abilities. She is excited about being part of a program next year and I am happy that she wants to continue. The work that the YWCA is doing is incredible and I am so grateful.” Anonymous
Adult Education & Training Center:
“My experience at YW3CA has been really great. The teachers are kind and the subjects are so much fun to learn. I love how fast I am learning!” Ms. Morant
“YW3CA has been an important part of my life and my journey to pursuing my high school degree.” Ms. Scott
“In our class we get to share each other’s cultures. I’ve gotten to known wonderful people here, and the teachers are the best.” Anonymous
Foster Grandparent Program:
“My favorite part of working as a Foster Grandparent is interacting with the grade school children and seeing the results of joint efforts in helping them. Knowing that I have made a positive difference in a little one’s life is why I’m involved in the program.” Ms. Jackson
“Being in this program has given me something to do instead of sitting at home doing nothing. I love when my student reads to me.” Ms. Nixon
“My favorite part about being a grandparent is getting to work with young children. Knowing that I am needed is a reason to get up in the morning. I am so thankful for that.” Ms. Leroy