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 Tri-County Area will:
- Educate children, youth, families, and communities.
- Empower you to learn, grow, become, and take a stand.
- Advocate for racial justice and civil rights, women and girl’s empowerment and economic advancement, and women and girl’s health and safety.
- We celebrate and promote diversity
- We create opportunities for self growth
- We empower individuals in a supporting and nurturing environment
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.