Thank you for your generous support and commitment to the mission of YWCA Greenwich.
Dear Friends of YWCA Greenwich,
Thank you for your support and commitment to YWCA Greenwich and our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are excited to share with you some highlights of our 2019 fiscal year.
In our last annual report, we shared YWCA Greenwich’s 100-year history, and throughout the year, we celebrated our centennial and the legacy of YWCA Greenwich, culminating in our Centennial Celebration Gala in June. Every milestone and achievement in YWCA Greenwich’s last century were due to the vision of strong, dedicated leaders and supporters who valued the work of our organization to help our community become healthier, safer and more equitable for all. We are proud to continue that heritage.The process of learning about our history has clarified our vision for the future. Today, YWCA Greenwich is a vibrant community center where people come to learn, to exercise, to socialize and to improve their own lives. To enable those opportunities, YWCA Greenwich is investing to modernize our facility and technology in ways that will continue to keep us relevant. By sharing our Annual Report in a completely digital format, we are reaching our Members, donors, and community partners where they are and providing information in a way that is easy to access. In addition, we have created a modernized website that is visually appealing and easy to navigate. Our online registration for programs and events is more environmentally friendly and cost effective. In addition to improving our Member experience, YWCA Greenwich continues to focus on its mission through community partnerships and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.
Our collective efforts helped state lawmakers pass important legislation that impact women and girls. Bills that passed included: the “Times Up” bill that addresses sexual assault and workplace sexual harassment; licensing and standards for nail salons, estheticians and eyelash technicians that will discourage sex or labor trafficking and protect workers, who are overwhelmingly female and often immigrant, from unfair labor practices; and two bills that strengthen support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Last year, we made progress in areas identified through our strategic plan. YWCA Greenwich began implementing the DIVE (Diversity, Inclusion, Values and Equity) Project to provide training for all staff to better align our programs and services with our mission. YWCA Greenwich Preschool staff began steps required towards obtaining accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Youth Children. This accreditation goes beyond state-mandated requirements and will strengthen best practices in teaching and childcare. We also expanded our after-school program with the YW Hub for middle-school aged children, a group that is often overlooked in terms of after-school activities.
Domestic violence continues to be a very serious public health issue and the most reported violent crime in our community. In addition to our crisis intervention services, last year we introduced Financial Literacy Coaching, an important step in helping survivors lead successful lives, and we expanded our Civil Legal Clinic, which has helped over 40 domestic abuse survivors navigate the civil court system. Your generous support of our 2018 Purple Purse Campaign and our annual Old Bags Luncheon made these new programs possible.Thank you, again, for your ongoing support. Together we can continue our valuable work and make our second century as innovative and successful as our first.
Mary Lee A. Kiernan
President and CEO