The YWCA hosts several events for the community throughout the year, such as the Gardeners’ Festival, Administrative Professionals Day, the Pink Tea Luncheon, Stand Against Racism and the annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon. We welcome you to read and share about these events and to get involved as a sponsor, volunteer or a committee member. Note: The Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 20, 2019.  Read more here.

Looking for YWCA events? See full event calendar here.


2019 Women of Excellence

The 2019 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 20, at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph.  Reserve your spot here!

Our Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon helps honor those in our community helping to make a difference in the lives of men and women. At the 2018 luncheon, over 1,000 guests were in attendance as we honored outstanding women and employers.

The 2019 speaker is Monique Holland, who spent the previous nine years as Executive Senior Associate AD for Administration and the Senior Women Administrator at SMU. Monique has previously served as a Division I Athletics Director, and was an Academic All- American basketball Player at Alabama State. She has over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as a coach and athletic administrator.  Her story is sure to motivate and encourage!

Steve’s Challenge
Steve’s Challenge is a much-anticipated element of the Women of Excellence event each year. It’s a chance for attendees to place a bid by cash, check, or pledge in their table’s persimmon envelope. At each table, one lucky person is drawn from the persimmon envelope and wins the centerpiece! In addition, one table wins a special prize for their combined contributions to Steve’s Challenge. It’s a great way to support the mission of the YWCA!

Did you know? Steve Craig matched the monies raised dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. Imagine what that means for the women and children served by the YWCA!

Questions? Call Mindy Grooms at 816.232.4481, or Send us an email!

Annual Giving 

Why Donate?

How does your donation make an immediate difference?

– A donation of $35 keeps a woman and her children safe for one night.

– A gift of $100 can offer professional advocacy and counseling services so a woman can see that she has options and a plan for a new start.

– A gift of $500 means a woman and her children have shelter and safety for two weeks while they decide their next steps.                                                                                                                        

– A gift of $1,000 would allow a family a full month of shelter so that they can truly rebuild their lives.

Every donation opens a new door to hope for a woman and her children who depend on the YWCA – and every donation of $100 or more receives a 50% Missouri State tax credit.  This means that 50% of your donation is deducted directly from your Missouri taxes owed, even if you don’t itemize deductions. 

We invite you to join us with your support. With your help, the YWCA Shelter will continue to be the place where hope starts – and where a new journey unfolds, free of fear and abuse.

YWCA St. Joseph CTF Specialty License Plates

Every day, the YWCA St. Joseph works to help prevent child abuse through parent education classes, counseling and safe shelter for families at risk. You can help prevent child abuse by proudly displaying the official Children’s Trust Fund (CIT) license plate on your vehicle. CTF plates feature the distinctive child’s greenhandprintss logo and a “prevent child abuse’ message. Funds generated annually by the CTF plates make a huge impact on child abuse prevention across the state of Missouri, and also, locally for the YWCA’s efforts. To participate, go online and buy the CIT plates, designating the YWCA St. Joseph as the sole beneficiary of your $25 license plate donation:

OR go to the license Bureau and purchase your plate in-person (Note: if buying in-person, the funds will be divided between St. Joseph YWCA and St. Joseph Youth Alliance). For more information, call the YWCA at 232-4481.

YWCA St. Joseph Annual Report:

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

YWCA St. Joseph Financial Report:

2017 Annual Financial Report

2016 Annual Financial Report

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