YWCA Speaks Out through Events

National Night Out

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On Tuesday, August 6 from 6-9 pm, YWCA will be participating, for the very first time, in National Night Out. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Join us for a night of dancing, food, and fun with our local police, fire and sheriff’s department.

Learn more about National Night Out here.

We will continue to celebrate Charlotte’s 250 years by collecting 250 encouraging messages for our Women in Transition and Families Together participants. 

Send our transitional housing participants an encouraring message!

Court Watch Training

The daily and visible presence of court watchers loudly broadcasts to criminal justice actors that they are being watched and that Charlotteans  demand that their courts are accountable, transparent, and just.

The purpose is to:

  • To empower individuals through legal education to demand transparency and accountability of public officials
  • To increase public confidence in the Mecklenburg County criminal courts
  • To increase criminal justice efficiency
  • To examine aggregate trends in the Mecklenburg County criminal courts
  • To expand our volunteer base to reflect the diversity of all Charlotte communities
  • To act as an objective agent to institute best practices in criminal justice

On August 15 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm YWCA and the ACLU will be having a court watch training. The training will cover briefly what is bail and what the problem with it is and why we are court watching to ensure that everyone has a baseline understanding of the issues. We will then just talk about the role and how we envision the data collected being used.

Register to attend.

Register for the training session below

Women of Achievement and Donor Recognition

Each year, the YWCA honors women who have enhanced social justice in the Charlotte community. Three inspiring women – each representing her own generation – are nominated by friends, loved ones, colleagues and mentees.

The three categories include: Pioneer, a mature woman who exemplifies a lifetime commitment to promoting social justice; Community Champion, an established woman currently working at the forefront of social change; and Emerging Leader, a woman under the age of 35 who will lead our community forward.

Please complete our Women of Achievement Nomination Form and return to Kate Ansel, Philanthropy Manager, at

To view our 2019 Sponsorship Packet, click HERE.

the winners
The 2018 Women of Achievement Honorees: Liz Clasen-Kelly, Dot Counts-Scoggins, and Jessica Moss

We Believe Fundraising Luncheon

The We Believe Luncheon is our signature annual fundraiser of the year. The luncheon brings together over 700 people annually at The Westin Hotel in Uptown Charlotte to share in the successes of our women, children and families that we serve. SAVE-THE-DATE for Thursday, February 20, 2020 for our next luncheon. To view our 2020 Sponsorship Packet, click HERE.

On February 28, 2019 Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of Planning, Design and Development for the City of Charlotte was our keynote speaker. See his remarks and our 2019 We Believe videos below.

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