Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

The YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


YWCA Election Guide

The YWCA’s programs put our mission into action: to eliminate racism; empower women; and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. As a voice of those too often marginalized in our communities, we have a moral imperative to speak up about public policies and laws that will directly influence achievement of our mission. This year’s ballot has two initiatives and one bond measure that, if passed, will directly and nearly immediately do just that. That is why the YWCA has endorsed these measures.

Seniors Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

On May 3rd, 2016 YWCA East County Senior Services (along with the help of Ambleside Meals on Wheels, Elders in Action, and El Programa Hispano) held a Cinco de Mayo Latino outreach event for local senior citizens in the Gresham area.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma (02/23)

This workshop will examine the range of trauma response, articulate the connection between oppression and trauma, and teach skills to support survivors of trauma and build sustainability for trauma work.

Communicating Across Cultural Differences (02/28)

Learn the range of intercultural communication styles (low/high context; linear/circular; direct/indirect/intuitive; formal/informal; detached/attached; task/relationship) that can impact perception and communication effectiveness.

Supporting Native Survivors (03/02)

An interactive class that will discuss Native American history in the United States, long term generational trauma and its effect on current Native American society.