Navigating COVID-19 Conversations with Your Family

When life hands us COVID-19, we’re supposed to make lemonade, right? Growing up, I remember when Y2K was the thing. At the time, everyone thought computers would shut down, so my parents stocked up on toilet paper, canned food, and water. I remember feeling scared and really confused about what was happening. My parents did…

Coming into Focus: A Labyrinth Story

Life isn’t always great. And for some, it is less than great. Twenty-six-year-old Ashley knows this better than most. While she dreams of travel and being a photographer, she is also dealing with the reality of life after incarceration and addiction. Ashley grew up quickly and with a lot of heartaches. She bounced around from…

An Open Letter to the Men in our Community

If you are a man who felt uncomfortable because you haven’t had to think about this topic before, good. We felt uncomfortable, too. If we felt uncomfortable reading the posts, imagine how uncomfortable women and trans people may have felt both during the assault and when they wrote and read other posts. We cannot allow our discomfort to keep us in a place of inaction. Inaction is unacceptable.

YWCA Young Wonders Needs Your Help!

More than 600 children annually are served through YWCA Young Wonders Early Learning and Youth Development. In order to continue reaching and expand access for all children, YWCA needs the community’s help to steer success in purchasing two new buses for YWCA Young Wonders. YWCA Transportation serves children from all corners of our community–east to…

YWCA McLean County receives grant to support Senior Volunteer service

YWCA McLean County has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $65,633, from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service. This award will ensure the continuation of YWCA RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in McLean County. “We are grateful for another three years of support from CNCS,”…

YWCA Young Wonders Kitchen is Open!

YWCA Young Wonders celebrated the completion of their commercial kitchen upgrade with a ribbon-cutting and public open house on October 18, 2019. In 2018 YWCA was awarded a $20,511 grant from the Lowe’s Gives Foundation to improve nutrition and classroom experiences for students who attend Young Wonders. YWCA Young Wonders serves students six weeks to…

Long-time employee, Liz German, named CEO

The Board of Directors of YWCA McLean County announced the hiring of Liz German as CEO/President of the organization. German was named interim CEO in June of last year. Prior to becoming interim CEO, German held the role of vice president of operations for YWCA McLean County for four years. She has served the YWCA…

Poverty Simulation

Norene Ball continues to make an impact in McLean County through her legacy. Recently, she was awarded the inaugural Inclusion award given by the McLean County League of Women Voters.

10 Cheap and Free Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

Everyone wants to have the best summer ever with their kiddos, but it can get expensive! With the kids out of school, they are looking for more and more activities to do. Instead of letting them sit inside and play on their iPads all day, take them on an adventure! Here are 10 cheap and…

Lights on Afterschool is Thursday, October 25! Join Us!

I remember watching my classroom clock wind down at the end of the school day dreading each tick pass by. My mom would take a late lunch break to drive us home from school and drop us off. She would then head back to work for the last two hours of her shift. My sister…

Governor Signs SANE Requirement Into Law; Survivors to Benefit

A bill YWCA Stepping Stones staff have advocated for has been signed into law. HB5245 requires hospitals have SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) Nurses available within 90 minutes of a survivor of sexual assault presenting at the emergency room (ER) for an evidence collection kit. The bill also mandates hospitals meet this requirement no later…