In this great time of uncertainty, there is comfort that comes when we reconnect with the community that shows up for our mission time and time again. The community that understands the complexities that YWCA Madison faces in our city and country. That community is you, and I am here to ask for your financial support as this year is coming to an end.
However, before I make that ask of you, I want to reflect on this past year of reimagining, the theme that has guided the work of YWCA Madison over the past year. We have had to reinvent nearly everything related to our (over 20) programs in housing & shelter, employment training & transportation, and race & gender equity. We have hosted virtual events, hybrid events, and restorative justice circles over Zoom. Our downtown building is at capacity and we continue to provide essential housing and shelter programming. We have had to pivot, make changes, get creative, but one thing is certain, we are essential and we do not stop.
As we reimagine together, we are also providing new programming to serve those who have some of the greatest needs in our community. This past year, we were thrilled to host our first ever Basic Skills Tech Training program specifically for individuals who have had touches with the criminal justice system. Once again, we pivoted. We incorporated weekly restorative justice talking circles centered on healing, accountability and reflection. We provided case management for our class participants. Most importantly, we created a space that reminded participants that they belong and there is a team of people rooting for their success.
Our ability to pivot, also allows our participants to reimagine. Below, one of our participants reflects on the healing aspects of programming, in addition to the skill building.
“…I honestly enjoyed the restorative circles because they really showed a community. I’m actually in a YWeb cohort now, and I really wish they were a part of more programming. The Basic Skills class really was a lead up to some of the HTML and other things we are learning now.”
So I ask you to show your commitment today, by making a generous donation to YWCA Madison. Our organization has been in operation since 1908. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We need you, our community, to continue to show up for us, and support our programs in housing & shelter, employment training & transportation, and race & gender equity.
Along with the people we serve and the YW team, you are critical to our ability to work towards our mission, address inequities in our city and beyond, and reimagine together the future we want to build.
Please consider a generous donation to YWCA Madison today.
In Humanity, Community, Growth, and Restoration,