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.

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Norene Ball: A Legacy of Inclusion

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.

My Christmas Blessing

Many cultures and traditions celebrate holidays around the winter solstice. They celebrate the return of light in nature and the gaining of personal enlightenment.

Part of a Village – Being a Rape Crisis Volunteer

“It takes a village to help a survivor and I’m so happy that YWCA Stepping Stones was there for me and other survivors like me.” Part of our village is volunteers just like you! If you have you ever considered a helping or medical profession, or simply just want to make a difference, you can…

Leading Boldly: a Feminist Approach to Leadership

By: Norene Ball, Coordinator of Hallmark Programs, YWCA McLean County & Rev. Cheree’ Johnson, YWCA Board Member & Hallmark Committee Chairperson For the first time in history, women today outnumber men in the rate of college graduations. In fact, 40% of women in the United States are now the primary breadwinners of the family. As…

YWCA Client Appreciates our Medivan Drivers

Medivan drivers Mike Lanham & Josh McCauley were appreciated with a compliment this past week. Home Care Services client and Medivan rider, Pam, phoned YWCA simply to say how wonderful these two drivers are! “My mobility is limited these days and both Mike and Josh have been so patient with me. They’ve both helped transport…

RSVP Volunteers Help Kick-Off Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Blitz!

Through rain and shine, YWCA’s dedicated RSVP volunteers made their way to the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Blitz site in West Bloomington this morning. Thanks to RSVP Interim-Director, Colleen Steinberg, YWCA McLean County was able to provide Habitat for Humanity with 7 dedicated ladies, all willing to wield a hammer, a tool belt, and…

Welcome, from the 2013 YWCA USA Annual Conference!

By Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA Today, we welcome nearly 400 YWCA leaders, advocates, staff and volunteers to Washington, D.C. for our 2013 What Women Want Annual Conference. For 155 years, the YWCA has literally transformed this nation. The women of the YWCA have been at the forefront of many life-changing social movements in the United…

Congratulations Women of Distinction Winners!

Five outstanding women were honored at the 24th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, a national initiative recognizing the professional and personal achievements of women. More than 400 people attended the banquet in the Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom on May 23. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times bestselling author of The…

Raised Garden Beds for YWCA Workin’ Worms!

Saturday, April 27th was a busy day for YWCA! Thanks to the McLean County Cares 2013 Project, YWCA now has raised garden beds that will benefit the Workin’ Worms program this spring! Workin’ Worms is a garden based learning program that promotes an instructional strategy using the garden as a teaching tool. This program encompasses programs, activities…