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Childcare in Dayton, advocate chosen for World YWCA experience, "presidenting" in a pandemic, and more.
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YWCA Walla Walla | Newsletter | 2021, Issue 4

YWCA, Columbia County working to bring quality childcare to Dayton
The Jolly Green Giant (pictured, upper left), a folk art reminder of  days when Dayton was a major asparagus canning hub, overlooks the proposed site of a new YWCA childcare center.
The Columbia County Health System has recently completed a grant requesting funding for a new childcare center in Dayton. Click below to read more.
SOLVING THE CHILDCARE CRISIS >>

LOCAL ADVOCATE SELECTED FOR WORLD YWCA LEADERSHIP ROLE
Your gifts made Amara's prevention advocacy possible

Amara Killen, Prevention Advocate, was selected to work with young women from all over the world. Click below to read her letter and see the amazing women she met. 
The Leadership Cohort 2021 brainstormed topics over Zoom, then collaborated on a video (shown below) about how gender-based violence looks in their countries.
READ ABOUT AMARA'S EXPERIENCE >>
World YWCA Week Without Violence video by the 2021 Leadership Cohort

Community generosity a win for everyone

The Valley Giving Guide raised more than $2.5 million in December 2021 for 131 different nonprofits. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin announced the results in an article published January 3, 2021.

“Our community is filled with many, many organizations doing important work,” said Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin.

READ MORE >>
Mariposa leaders and students build resilience
At a recent meeting, each Mariposa student had a card to complete as an ice-breaking activity. This was designed to help them learn about each other’s hobbies, families, and experiences and discover shared interests.
      Click below to hear more about how Bethany and Alex are reaching students with a YWCA message about healthy relationships.
MARIPOSA MEETINGS ARE BACK IN PERSON!! >>
YOU KEPT YWCA STRONG
President wraps up two-year term
From left, Peggy, Andrea, Carol
Soon, Carol Allen, YWCA Board President, will hand the baton to President-Elect Molly Phillips. Join Peggy, Andrea, and Carol to look back on Carol's 2020-2021 term.
FROM THE BOARD >>
YOU OPENED YOUR HEARTS
It didn’t take long after we put out the call before you joyfully snapped up all the YWCA shelter and several of our community families. 
      Fifty families celebrated a brighter Hanukkah or will have a merrier Christmas, a warmer Solstice ... thank you for all the holiday dreams you helped come true. 
      We not only had plenty of gifts, we received enough gift cards that we were prepared for the survivors who arrived during the last few days of 2021. Thank you for giving.
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