The YWCA is a global women's movement working to create a better future for women and girls. Founded in 1858, the YWCA has been at the forefront of the fight for women's rights, gender equality and to eliminate racism for over 160 years. Today, the YWCA is one of the largest and most respected women's organizations in the world, with over 25 million members in 122 countries, one of these being your local organization in Black Hawk County.  

The YWCA's mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA works to achieve this mission through a variety of programs and services, including: 

  • Economic justice: The YWCA helps women and girls develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce. The YWCA also advocates for policies that support economic justice for women, such as equal pay and affordable childcare. 
  • Racial equity: The YWCA works to dismantle racism and build a more just and equitable society. The YWCA provides training and education on racial justice issues, and advocates for policies that promote racial equity. 
  • Violence prevention: The YWCA provides services and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The YWCA also advocates for policies that prevent violence against women and girls. 
  • Health and wellness: The YWCA provides programs and services that promote the health and wellness of women and girls. The YWCA also advocates for policies that support access to affordable healthcare and healthy food options. 
  • Youth development: The YWCA provides programs and services that help girls develop their leadership skills and confidence. The YWCA also advocates for policies that support the success of girls and young women. 

The YWCA is a vital resource for women and girls in communities around the world. If you or someone you know is in need of help or assistance, please reach out to your local YWCA in Black Hawk County.  

Black Hawk County YWCA located at: 425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703 or call us at (319) 234-7589. 

How to Get Help from the YWCA 

There are many ways to get help from the YWCA. You can visit our website, stop in at the address above, give us a call at the number above or shoot us an email at: [email protected]  

The YWCA can provide a variety of services and assistance, including: 

  • Youth and family services: Our diverse programs celebrate cultures, enhance language skills, provide counseling support, and promote positive relationships. Join us in empowering youth and strengthening families. 
  • Childcare: We’re dedicated to providing school-age children with a safe, warm, and nurturing environment through our esteemed childcare programs: Y's Kids and Summer Daze. During the school year, Y's Kids ensures a seamless transition for children before and after school, with convenient locations in nine Waterloo elementary schools, as well as sites in Cedar Falls and Hudson. 
  • Health and wellness: Our youth and adult health and wellness programs offer engaging activities, fitness classes, and sports leagues to promote a healthy lifestyle. From fun-filled youth programs to diverse options for adults, we have something for everyone. 
  • Emergency shelter: The YWCA provides emergency shelter to women and girls fleeing domestic violence or homelessness. 
  • Counseling and support services: The YWCA provides counseling and support services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma. 
  • Job training and placement services: The YWCA provides job training and placement services to help women and girls develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce. 
  • Educational programs: The YWCA provides educational programs on a variety of topics, including leadership development, financial literacy, and health and wellness. 
  • Advocacy services: The YWCA advocates for policies that support women and girls, such as equal pay, affordable childcare, and access to quality education. 

The YWCA is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to the YWCA today.