Together, we create meaningful change in Minnesota. YWCA Minneapolis has been building an inclusive community, furthering race and gender equity, empowering women and girls to be leaders, and improving health and wellness for over 130 years.
We have an ambitious mission and we can’t do it alone. Our work is fueled by the people who believe in our work and put their values into action. Each year, people like you give 14,900+ volunteer hours to elevate our work and 1,460+ donors champion our mission.
Take a look at the many ways you can join our community and make an impact below!
Whether you’re planning to make a monetary contribution or would prefer to donate some of your time and energy, you can support YWCA Minneapolis in a number of powerful ways. Here are some of the most popular options for helping us to serve the Minneapolis community!
By making a one-time or recurring monthly donation, you can contribute directly to our Minneapolis community and be a strong supporter of change. Along with tax-deductible gifts, you can also provide assistance through planned giving, IRA Charitable Rollover or a gift of stock.
Your time and talents are valuable! Contribute directly to YWCA Minneapolis programs by volunteering for a one-time event, such as one of our indoor triathlons — or for an ongoing program like Girls Inc.
Advocacy can take many forms, but ultimately, it offers a way to contact your legislators about community issues that are important to you and make an impact by sharing your story. If you’re not sure how to get started making your voice heard, attend one of our advocacy workshops to gain the skills and confidence you need to make a difference.
The best way to get to know YWCA Minneapolis is to attend an event and be a part of the action. We host many inspiring events throughout the year, including our signature events, Empower Possible, Race Forward 2-Day and It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™.
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You can also be a part of our community by becoming a fitness member, enrolling your child in our Early Childhood Education or Girls & Youth programs and becoming a Racial Justice Facilitator. Please contact us with any questions about getting involved with YWCA Minneapolis!
As a nonprofit organization and member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world, our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We’ve been working toward this mission since 1891 — and we’re still going strong, serving more than 30,000 people in the Twin Cities each year.
Designed with these key purposes in mind, YWCA Minneapolis’ award-winning programs, classes and workshops:
Advancing our mission of ending racism and lifting up women and girls improves the world for everyone, and it will take strong engagement and the support from community members like you to get there. Your gift of time or money contributes to a valuable cause, allowing us to continue and improve our advocacy to create a vibrant, healthy community for all.
Your monetary donations and volunteer time support effective, life-changing programs that make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans. Here’s a simple breakdown of the programs we offer.
YWCA Minneapolis is committed to advancing change and eliminating racial inequities on every level, from interpersonal to systemic. Organizations and businesses trust our training and consulting programs to foster a culture of inclusion and equity within their workforces. Our advocacy work elevates concerns to the governmental level. And for the individual, we offer workshops and create spaces for open dialogue.
Every child deserves a high-quality education — and every parent deserves to know that their children are in good hands. We offer child care and early childhood education services from infant to school-age, which include an anti-bias curriculum, nutritious food and a safe, healthy environment in which kids can explore and grow. Our afterschool girls and youth programs encourage academic success and strengthen key communication skills for over 1,250 youth in the Twin Cities each year.
We’re passionate about health and wellness and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to feel strong and healthy. That’s why we operate state-of-the-art fitness facilities with multiple swimming pools and offer hundreds of group exercise classes. Our facilities are located in three Minneapolis locations — Downtown, Midtown and Uptown.