The YWCA of Yakima was founded in 1909 when a handful of young women decided they needed an organization of their own. Yakima Philanthropist Alexander Miller donated $80,000 to the YWCA for a site and modern building. Miss Mary Remy, a founding board member, designed the building that would become the permanent home of the YWCA.
Ground was broken in August of 1934 and the dedication was held on May 12, 1935. Everyone in the community helped get the new home of the YWCA on its feet. Gifts of furniture, office equipment and kitchen supplies were given by many.
Today, we are empowering women and girls, building self-sufficient women, and eliminating family violence–these three focuses underlie everything that we do at the YWCA Yakima. From providing emergency shelter to a domestic violence victim and her children, to helping a young girl discover the exciting world of science, we intertwine these focuses to create experiences that help women grow. Underlying all we do is a commitment to collaboration with other organizations and the celebration of diversity.