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December 8, 2021 Giving Guide 2021

YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.

Future Goals

1. Engage members and the community in ongoing, direct social action and advocacy in support of the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. 

2. Assist women and their families in becoming independent and economically self-sufficient through direct service and advocacy.

3. Create a supportive environment that fosters diversity and promotes inclusion through social action and advocacy.

4. Create a community that develops women’s leadership and works toward achieving equity for women and girls.

5. Provide quality programs and services that fulfill our mission, while meeting community needs.

6. Participate as a partner in community initiatives that further reflect and support our mission.

7. Maintain financial stability and increase resources for greater financial independence and sustainability.

8. Recruit and retain an active, diverse and talented pool of staff and volunteers. 

Giving Opportunities

Annual Appeals: Funds raised provide unrestricted gifts that close the gap between the true costs of operating programs and existing funding. Donors may designate contributions to specific programs/services, including Camper Scholarship Fund.

Bequests and Planned Gifts: Make a legacy gift by including the YWCA in your will or trust.  

Donor-Advised Funds: The YWCA accepts gifts from donor-advised funds in support of its programs/services. If you have a fund with Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Mellon, you may recommend a gift to the YWCA via DAFDirect on the agency’s website.

In-Kind Donations: An easy way to help the YWCA and the individuals and families it serves, is to donate an item(s) on our Wish List –household cleaning supplies to personal care products to bath/bedding and gift cards for food and gas. 

Matching Gifts: Contact your company’s Human Resources Department to see if your employer will increase the impact of your donation to the YWCA with a matching gift.

Donate Anytime: The YWCA accepts donations online, by mail or by phone year-round. Make a one-time or recurring donation online at; send check to YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608; or contact the Development Office at 508-767-2505, x3009 or

Fundraising Opportunities

Tribute to Women – Katharine F. Erskine Awards  

Daybreak Breakfast 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

All events open to the public. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available. For details about these and other YWCA events, follow the YWCA Central Mass on Facebook and Instagram.  

Sponsor/Host a YWCA Event: Hold a house party, cell phone drive, ask friends and family to sponsor you in an athletic event, invite friends to a “baby shower” for our teen parents, hold a Facebook fundraiser. For ideas, visit the YWCA’s website or call the Development Office for assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you have just a few hours to complete a one-time project or the time to make an ongoing commitment, there is important work to do at the YWCA. Opportunities are available for individuals and small groups, for high school and college students, young female professionals, adults and retirees. The YWCA is looking for volunteers to serve as Girls CHOICE mentors for middle and high school girls; help with special event fundraising; serve as a program intern; and to assist with ongoing building maintenance. To find out more, contact Human Resources at or complete a volunteer application available at


The YWCA determined how to provide crucial services to domestic violence survivors, housing for low-income women, and childcare for essential pandemic workers while maintaining the safety of all involved. We learned how to conduct business virtually where possible. Virtual options gave us a new way to connect with our constituents, some of whom might struggle to participate in person – even without pandemic restrictions. Going forward, virtual participation will continue to provide a convenient and effective way for some to participate.