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

Established in 1907, YWCA Asheville is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, nurturing children and promoting health. We offer programs and advocate for policy change to bridge gaps in education, health, childcare and earning power for women and families in our community and beyond.

YWCA Asheville focuses on four priority areas:

  • Eliminating Racism
  • Empowering Women
  • Nurturing Children
  • Promoting Health

The YWCA has been in Asheville for over 110 years and currently serves more than 2,500 families a year. Learn more about our programs and advocacy and how you can get involved in our work.

YWCA is on a mission. This is who we are.


Established in 1858 as a voice for women’s issues, YWCA USA opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of 160 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 actively engaging young women to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.

YWCA USA focuses on three priority areas:

  • Racial justice and civil rights
  • Empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls
  • Health and safety of women and girls

Visit the YWCA USA website to learn more about our national strategies and work being done through the country.

Due to inclement weather, YWCA of Asheville will be on a 2-hour delay on  Thursday, November 15th. The building and all programs, including the Fitness Center, Aquatics, Early Learning Program, and Empowerment Child Care, will open at 9:30 am. Please note that this means that ELP will NOT serve breakfast. Please check back here frequently for possible updates and changes, and please stay safe and warm out there!