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 16th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 15, 2017. We invite you to consider becoming involved as a committee member, Table Captain or sponsor. Read more here.

Looking for YWCA events? See full event calendar here.


Got Five Minutes? Here’s a Simple Way You Can Support the YWCA’s Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse:

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 (CTF) license plate on your vehicle. CTF plates feature the distinctive child’s green hand prints 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.

How to order a Specialty License Plate (or support the YWCA’s child abuse prevention efforts):

1) Want your plates or donation to directly benefit the YWCA? Go online and buy the CTF plates, designating the YWCA St. Joseph as the sole beneficiary of your $25 license plate donation.
2) 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).

3) Share the link and the message with your friends and family. This program does make a difference!

Today, take five minutes to complete this task. It could help save a local child from pain and suffering. Get your plates online here, or make a donation to benefit the YWCA:

Did you know that during Fiscal Year 2016, the Missouri Division of Social Services Children’s Hotline received over 72,000 reported incidents that involved over 100,000 children in Missouri. Let’s change this number, today.




Take a look at this article published by News-Press Now about the Healthy Teens/Healthy Babies program. Find out how you can get involved also. Healthy Teens/Healthy Babies

blue flags ywcaApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Missouri KidsFirst has encouraged the YWCA to place blue pinwheels or flags for all the children served by our organization.  This helps show our commitment to promoting the health and well-being of every child in our community.

The YWCA served 502 children in 2016 – See below to view 502 blue flags in front of our building.  St. Joe Sign generously donated the sign that you see with all the flags.  Thank you, St. Joe Sign!  To everyone who works with the children and serves the children in our community – well done!

YWCA Remembers Domestic Violence Victims – October 15, 2017

Family, Friends Remember Stormi Harbord – October 14, 2017

Grant Allows YWCA to Help Teen Parents – October 2, 2017

Stand Against Racism – April 28, 2017

Advocate to Combat Domestic Violence – January 27, 2017

’Tis Better to Give Than Receive to Benefit YWCA – December 18, 2016

Ellen Kisker, YWCA Prevention Educator – December 18, 2016

YWCA Thankful for Response to Incident – December 2, 2016

Connally Honored with Racial Justice Award – September 16, 2016

YWCA Gives Girls Peer Pressure Advice – March 30, 2016

YWCA Helps Shelter Homeless Women – March 27, 2016: YWCA victim services director comments on homeless women facing abuse across the U.S.

YWCA Hosts 5th Annual Ladies Day – March 19, 2016: Highlights the event to benefit the YWCA’s ENCOREplus breast cancer outreach program

YWCA Call for Nominations – February 18, 2015: YWCA accepting Women of Excellence nominations

YWCA Women of Excellence – October 6, 2014: A look at the 2014 YWCA Women of Excellence lifetime achievement award winners

YWCA Luncheon Honors Top Women – June 20, 2013: Highlights of the 12th annual Women of Excellence event

YWCA Celebrates Remarkable Women – June 19, 2013: Lifetime Achievement awards named


YWCA St. Joseph Annual Report:

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report


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