YWCA Tri-County Area is on a MISSION.
Serving the community for over 110 years.
We strive to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
Through our wide range of programs across the region, we provide opportunities for youth, women, families, and communities to learn, grow, and take a stand.
The communities we serve rely on us for affordable quality early education, adult basic education, women and girl empowerment programs, and diversity programming. Through these programs we make a positive change in attitudes, behaviors, and lived experiences.
YWCA Tri-County Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
YWCA envisions a world that holds equal promise for every person. We stand in solidarity with our community members against racial injustice and work towards a world where equality exists in every facet of our society.
Through our collective work, YWCA Tri-County Area will be known as an organization where all people, but especially women, girls and families of color, receive trauma responsive, culturally competent, education services that will support the enrichment of their lives.
- YWCA is committed to drive change, to listen, facilitate discussion, support and most importantly, act.
- YWCA board of directors, staff, and volunteers serve our community with integrity, courage, accountability, and compassion.
- YWCA celebrates diversity, practices inclusion, and promotes equality.
Organizational Mission and Background
YWCA Tri-County Area was founded as YWCA of Pottstown in a two-story frame building in 1908. Its original focus was to provide safe housing for young girls and women who were homeless, or who had come to Pottstown to work in the town’s factories. After moving to its current home at 315 King Street in 1913, YWCA continued to house women and girls as both permanent and transient residents, fed hungry families, added educational programs, recreational teams, and special interest clubs. Over the years, services adapted to the changing needs of girls and women in the community.
Today, YWCA Tri-County Area remains a leader in advocating for women, girls, and families by providing quality programs and services designed to support and enrich the community. Direct service programming includes early childhood education, before- and after-school enrichment, youth/girls’ development, adult education, and workforce development. Mission-based advocacy efforts raise awareness and build social capital around women’s empowerment, racial and social justice, and safe and healthy communities.
YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, children, and families as an educational organization that is empowering and inclusive. The Tri-County Area is bounded by a 10 mile radius centered in Pottstown Borough. Target communities include all or part of the seven public school districts surrounding Pottstown: Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley, Owen J. Roberts, Boyertown, and Daniel Boone.
YW leads and participates in strategic impact partnerships throughout Pottstown, working collaboratively to create systems change and improve social and economic mobility for families in the Tri-County Area. YW has a 110-year history of sharing, collaborating, and learning with partner non-profits, civic organizations, schools, local government, and other community organizations, working mutually to fulfill each organization’s mission and to meet the evolving needs of the community.
Our current network includes ACLAMO Family Centers, CADCOM, Community Health and Dental Care, Creative Health, Early Learning Resource Center, Family Services of Montgomery County, Interagency Council of Norristown, Intermediate Units of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties, MontcoWorks, MontcoWorks NOW, Montgomery County Community College, Montgomery County Human Relations Commission, Montgomery County OIC, Pennsylvania CareerLink, Philabundance, Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness (PEAK), Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, Pottstown NAACP, Pottstown Trauma-Informed Community Connection (PTIIC), Pottstown workforce development task force, Salvation Army, Tri-County Area school districts, Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce, TriCounty Community Network, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and local and county governments.