Who We Are


The history of the YWCA USA is the history of progress in America.

Established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, we opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's rights and civil rights. 

We continue to evolve to meet today's challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. We've shifted to a bottoms-up, grassroots structure. We've launched a revitalized brand that reaffirms the mission of working aggressively for women and people of color. And we're engaging women 18- to 34-years old to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.

The YWCA of Asheville shatters barriers and bridges gaps for women and families.

Established in 1907, YWCA of Asheville is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, nurturing children and promoting health.

We offer programs that bridge gaps in education, health care, child care and earning power. These programs include:

  • Racial Justice (advocacy, community building and workshops)
  • Early Learning Program (childcare for 6 weeks - Pre-k)
  • Primary Enrichment Program (after school and summer camp)
  • MotherLove (mentoring for pregnant and parenting teens)
  • Getting Ahead (empowerment for women to move out of poverty)
  • Empowerment Childcare (support for women improving their economic future)
  • Preventive Health & Diabetes Wellness Program
  • Aquatics and YWCA Fitness Center

The YWCA has been in Asheville for over 110 years and currently serves more than 2,500 families a year.