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.

Dynamics of Poverty (12/8)

This training will help participants define poverty and explore its causes and effects. We will review national and local data on the demographics of people living in poverty as well as risk factors that can make one more vulnerable to economic instability (such as race, gender and subjective social status).

Understanding Stalking (12/14)

In this workshop participants will explore what stalking is and isn’t, its prevalence in our society, and connection to other crimes, learn how technology impacts stalking, understand how stalking impacts victims, and gain skills to support stalking survivors.

Trauma-Informed Care 101 (01/19)

In this course, participants will: overview Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), review short-term and long-term effects of trauma, PTSD and other analyses of trauma, discuss how trauma psychologically, socially and developmentally affects children, adults and most plausibly, our clients, and review the importance and modes of Trauma-Informed care and possible triggers in the workplace.