The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States.

More important than the numbers is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for both women’s and civil rights.

Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and wellness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

If you want to participate in our programs, volunteer, or simply wish to support our mission, organization and activities, we welcome your membership.


The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The YWCA of Central Massachusetts will strive to be an all-inclusive women’s advocacy and resource center with a pro-active membership serving the diverse needs of women through leadership, service and support.

There are many approaches employed by YWCA to carry out our bold, dual-pronged mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, but two very specific priorities are present: our YWCA Hallmarks of Racial Justice and Women’s Economic Advancement.

Our Hallmark Programs have direct impact and create meaningful change with measurable results. We not only intend to raise awareness of the issues, we intend to affect real change. Our goal is not to pave the way for the future. It is to create the future. A better future.

They carry out our mission. They are a reflection of our brand. They are what distinguish the YWCA from all other socially conscious organizations.




The YWCA’s Community Education program provides violence prevention education to children from preschool to high school, as well as trainings and workshops on domestic violence and child abuse to professional groups. All community education workshops and programs can be tailored to fit the specific needs of an audience.Learn More

Risky behaviors have a negative impact on a girl’s ability to grow and develop into an independent, self-sufficient woman. Research shows that when young people achieve academic success, have significant relationships with caring adults, and are involved in community service and extracurricular activities they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Girls CHOICE provides a positive impact on a girl’s ability to improve her self-expectation and resilience.

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Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of the YWCA. Since our inception 125 years ago, “service” has been linked to “action.” In communities across the United States, YWCAs continue to work to improve social and economic conditions for all people.

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