YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Throughout its history, YWCA has been at the forefront of most major social movements in the United States as a pioneer in race and gender justice and the empowerment of women. Originally founded as a Christian organization, YWCA has evolved into the non-sectarian social justice organization it is today, culminating in an official name change in 2015 making what was formerly the acronym the new official name. YWCA Boulder County is a local association of YWCA USA, receiving strategic support from the National Office.
YWCA Boulder County was established in 1922 by a small group of women who saw a need to organize and take action on social issues concerning women, particularly around housing, employment and childcare. YWCA Boulder County's purpose has always addressed the current needs and issues of women in our community. As issues important to women and girls have evolved over the years, YWCA has developed new programs specifically designed for the needs around those issues in Boulder County. Our strong history in the community has led to our current program offerings providing assistance to over 6,000 individuals and families annually.
In 2005, YWCA Boulder County completed a $2.5 million renovation and expansion project that included adding a second story and an Infant Development Center to its facility. In 2006, YWCA Boulder County incorporated a family resource center model in order to provide an advocacy approach to better meet the needs of struggling people throughout Boulder County. In 2020, YWCA Boulder County completed on an expansion project for Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) that will offer a total of 24 new permanent child care slots for wobblers (12-24 months) and toddlers (24-36 months).
YWCA Boulder County will turn 100 in 2022.
"I learned so much from Reading to End Racism. I was already a bit aware of what you taught us, but now I am fully aware of why not to judge people by their looks, cultures or religions." - 5th-grade RER participant
"I notice some people around [Boulder High] think Latinos won't graduate...they think that most of them will drop out. I want to be a good example for my little brothers. I want him to see that it is possible to finish school." -Boulder High Student and Latina Achievement Support program participant.
"This has always been a wonderful community of caring, educated, supportive and artistic teachers. We feel lucky to have this option for quality childcare." - Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) parent