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For 115 years, we have worked to eliminate racism and empower women across South. Carolina's Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties.... and beyond.
A historic local association of YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organizations in America, we seek to create opportunities for personal growth, leadership, and economic development for women, girls, and people of color.
Among other programs and events, our annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one of Charleston’s longest running events, predating Spoleto Festival USA and other events. One of the first MLK tributes in the nation, today it attracts thousands of celebrants each year. We also work to eliminate racism with our annual Stand Against Racism.
A pioneer in the equity field, we brought the Racial Equity Institute, renowned for helping communities combat institutional racism, to Charleston to help local leaders understand and address racism in our community, and the first Girls Who Code club for middle school girls to Charleston. Our subsequent Y Girls Code program has since expanded to female students of all ages. In 2018, we introduced a successor to our pioneering TWIN event of the late 1900s: What Women Bring, and an annual power lunch attended by hundreds to celebrate and empower South Carolina’s women in business, community, and culture. In 2020, we introduced WE 360°, a multi-week program designed to help women of color overcome barriers in entrepreneurship.
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Facebook | @YWCAGreaterCharleston
Twitter | @YWCAChasSC
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Be part of the international movement for women, girls, and people of color... right here in Charleston! We work every day to eliminate racism and empower women. Through the efforts of our staff, volunteers, supporters, and partners, we create real change for women, families, and people of color in the Lowcountry community. JOIN US.