• YWCA Elgin November Update


    Program Update

    ESL Child Education & Family Literacy

    ESL Child Education & Family Literacy classes have been very busy painting fall pictures, making beautiful googly-eyed turkeys and discussing kindness, what we are thankful for, and how animals preparing for hibernation.
    The YWCA ESL Child Education Teachers have partnered with Elgin Partnership for Early Learning (EPEL), to provide storytimes at the JetXpress and Blue Kangaroo laundromats in Elgin. During the laundromat storytimes, our bi-lingual teachers engage the children by reading books to them, guiding them through art projects, helping them complete puzzles, and leading other hands-on activities. The teachers also pass out flyers for the YWCA Elgin's English as a Second Language and Family Literacy classes to encourage new students to register.
    For more information about registering for English as a Second Language or Family Literacy classes, email kyoung@ywcaelgin.org and follow the YWCA Elgin on social media.

    Clothing Distribution Center

    The Clothing Distribution Center will be re-opening for in-person shopping appointments in mid-November but we need help stocking our shelves. The Clothing Center is in need of winter clothes for men, women, and children and men's jeans (all sizes). Winter clothes and men's jean donations can be dropped off at the YWCA Elgin Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Clothing Center Volunteers ask that all donations be clean with no rips, stains, or tears and be in a kitchen garbage bag.

    NEW!!! Junior Marketing Committee

    YWCA Elgin Take 2 Creative Camp Director and Marketing Assistant, Korisa Madayag, saw a need and filled it, in a very creative way. The YWCA Elgin Marketing Department was in desperate need of help and the Take 2 Creative Camp teens were requesting a year-round program. Korisa made the connection and proposed that the YWCA Elgin's first-ever Junior Marketing Committee be formed. She then created a program outline and selected a group of Take 2 Creative Camp students, based on their Take 2 performance, to be on the new committee. In addition to being helpful to the YWCA Elgin, the committee also serves as a workforce development program for its members. This committee will grow their skills, give them the tools they need to succeed in the marketing industry, and granting them experience in a professional setting; the volunteer work also will look great on their college application and resumes.
    The new committee meets weekly to help our marketing department by providing videography, photography, and other marketing materials. In the 2 months since the creation of this committee, they have already completed 3 major projects, one of which was a music video for YWCA Week Without Violence. The students are currently working on creating content for our #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign and we can't wait to see what they come up with! Once this committee is more established, they plan to offer their services to other organizations in the Elgin area.

    YWCA USA WE360 Pitch Competition

    YWCA USA has partnered with P&G to host the second EVER pitch competition. Any entrepreneur who has participated, or is currently participating, in a YWCA-hosted WE360 program is eligible to apply. The finalists chosen will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges at the upcoming virtual Level Up! There will be up to 14 Pitch Competition finalists chosen and $45,000 in cash prizes.  Women’s Empowerment Summit, will be held on November 16-17th from 2-7 PM EDT and the pitch competition is scheduled to occur on November 17, 2021, from 3-7 PM EDT.

    Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

    Happy Birthday YWCA Elgin

    On November 8th, we observed our 120th anniversary. As we celebrated, we took a moment to look back over the past 120 years and acknowledge our accomplishments. Since 1901, we have made it our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. As advocates and catalysts for change, we have worked to build a united community; and increase racial harmony and safety. We have also helped women and their families acquire the skills and resources necessary to build self-sufficient and prosperous lives. We are incredibly proud of our work in the community and look forward to what the next 120 years will bring.

    Virtual Annual Meeting (11.22.21 at 5 pm)

    Join the YWCA Elgin on Monday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm as we celebrate our accomplishments during the fiscal year 2020-2021 and our plan for the future. The YWCA Elgin's Board of Directors will also be voting in its Slate of Officers. This meeting will be virtual. Everyone is welcome!
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    Giving Tuesday (11.30.21)

    On November 30th, the YWCA Elgin is proudly participating in #GivingTuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals like you to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in your community. Make your #GivingTuesday donation by visiting www.ywcaelgin.org on November 30th. Together we can build brighter futures!

    Holiday Building Closure

    The YWCA Elgin will be closed November 25-26th for Thanksgiving and December 24th through January 3rd for Winter Break.

    Amazon Smile

    Are you shopping on Amazon this festive season? Select YWCA Elgin as your AmazonSmile charity of choice and they will donate 0.5% of your purchases to us when you shop! To choose YWCA Elgin as your charity of choice, click here. P.S. Amazon Smile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know.

    Advocacy Update

    Written by: Jessica Lee-Cole, YWCA Elgin Board & Advocacy Committee Member
    The YWCA Elgin is committed to standing up for social justice issues. To achieve racial justice within the organization, the YWCA Elgin Board of Directors is undergoing racial equity training to understand the role race and racism impacts individuals and organizational practices that adversely affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The five-week training offered since October 2021 highlights common language, historical causes, implicit biases, define policies and practices to achieve racial justice.
    While conversations about race and racism are at the forefront of America today, the YWCA Elgin Board of Directors has come to the table with a spirit of openness to accomplish the desired future state of the YWCA Elgin to be a racially just and equitable organization.

    Community Partnership

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    The YWCA Elgin is partnering with the All of Us Research Program, which is the largest research program aimed to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. The key to the program is diversity. Diversity strengthens the science. Having one million or more participants from all walks of life will create a diverse, large data set. This will allow researchers to make discoveries that wouldn't be visible with fewer people.
    If you join, you will be contributing to research that may improve health for everyone.
    To join the program and/or for more information, visit JoinAllofUs.org

    Your donation directly supports our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.
    Your support can create change and will help make a difference in our community. YWCA’s programs offer hope and support to some of our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk residents every day.

    Whether your favorite YWCA program:
    • is advancing race & gender equity to create a more inclusive community
    • helping people improve their financial situations through education
    • providing subsidized child care to low-income working parents
    • providing free childcare to veterans
    • is giving clothing to those in need

    Your support is more important than ever! YOU can change a life. Please consider making a gift today.

    Every gift, no matter how large or small, helps Build Brighter Futures for the clients of the YWCA Elgin.

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