By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.”
— John Sculley
Three women with a vision and determination. So many stories of remarkable change start out that way. In this case, the year was 1902, and the women were the founders of YWCA Central Carolinas.
A lot of history has happened over the following 112 years, and the organization is still going strong, with a focus on empowering women, strengthening youth and families, and working toward racial justice. The impact of our local YWCA is particularly evident in three special programs.
Women in Transition provides affordable transitional housing and support services for single, unaccompanied women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Families Together provides similar support for families (with 100 percent of participants exiting into permanent housing in 2013). Youth Programs go on 50 weeks out of every year, in eleven Youth Learning Centers throughout the area that open their doors to more than 360 youths from fragile communities, in grades K-5.
Interested in getting involved in this dynamic, growing organization? Here are two ways, and you can learn more about the YWCA at SHARE Charlotte.
Youth Summer Programming – Great for individuals or groups. Assist kids with literacy and math.
Facilities Volunteer – Another great group activity. Work outside, plant flowers or help with landscaping at a YWCA location.