YWCA Dayton

Name of Non-Profit Organization * YWCA Dayton
Today’s Date: * Monday, November 1, 2021
Organization’s website http://www.ywcadayton.org
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number * 310537168
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? * 1942
Address * 141 W Third St
Dayton, OH 45402
United States
County * Montgomery
Your Name * Lauren Durnwald
Your Title * Grant Writer
Your email address * ldurnwald@ywcadayton.org
Your Phone Number (937) 461-5550
Executive Director’s Name * Shannon Isom
Executive Director’s email address * sisom@ywcadayton.org
What is the mission of your organization? YWCA Dayton is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (3) Children
  • (7) Equality & Social Justice
  • (11) Poverty
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
Having operated since 1870, YWCA Dayton (YW) is a regional subject matter expert in issues of racial and gender justice. Today, YWCA Dayton carries out its bold mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all through direct victim services, community prevention and education, and public policy advocacy.
YWCA Dayton serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking through the operation of Montgomery and Preble counties’ only domestic violence shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, accredited Rape Crisis Center and survivor-centered housing. The YW has a long history of providing culturally appropriate and diverse services, with a particular focus on its target population of low- to moderate-income African-American women. YWCA Dayton is capable of serving any survivor, regardless of that survivor’s gender identity, gender expression, or sexuality.Poverty: YWCA Dayton recognizes that 99% of survivors of domestic violence have experienced financial abuse, including bad debt, lack of employment history, and evictions, all of which prevent survivors from gaining financial independence and moving into sustainable housing. Financial security is one of the primary obstacles to survivors’ safety, with 73% of survivors reporting staying with their abuser longer than they wanted to because they couldn’t afford to leave; of these survivors, 50% stayed for two years or longer (FreeFrom, 2020). YWCA Dayton recognizes that entering the YW’s domestic violence shelter is only the first step to survivors’ long-term safety. To help survivors achieve ongoing financial stability and reduce shelter recidivism, the YW offers economic empowerment programming to all survivors staying in the YW’s shelter or housing programs. Through this programming, the YW helps survivors develop skills including: understanding financial abuse, mastering credit basics, long-term planning, family conversations about money, resume development, and computer literacy.Children: Children who have experienced homelessness compounded with domestic violence face increased risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and school-related problems. The YW solves for the traumas of homelessness and domestic violence through its comprehensive Children’s Program. The Children’s Program serves children staying in the YW’s domestic violence shelter or housing offerings through case management and support groups; drop-in childcare; and normalcy-building activities with a focus on prevention education and resiliency-building.Equality & Social Justice: The YW’s robust public policy advocacy division carries out the agency’s vision of leading the way for every woman to become the driving force behind her own success in a community free of racial and economic barriers through community education outreach and public policy advocacy at the intersection of racial and gender justice. The YW’s advocacy team organizes the annual 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge; community trainings and workshops on implicit bias, cultural competency, and racial healing; and public policy advocacy focused on advancing social justice.
Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? * Yes, Grades 6 – 8
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web. YWCA Dayton has volunteer opportunities for students of all grade levels. Current volunteer opportunities can be found at: https://www.ywcadayton.org/how-to-help/volunteer-2/
Volunteer coordinator Rick Flynn
Volunteer coordinator’s email address volunteers@ywcadayton.org
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (937) 461-5550