Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women


2018 Goals:

In 2018, our goals remain focused on our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This year, we will to continue to build upon existing partnerships and collaborations in the community through new program development, expansion of existing services and community education offerings. In early 2018, we are partnering with Southern New Hampshire University to open the SNHU Center for New Americans at our downtown Manchester location. Our Crisis Services program, serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, will expand programming to include specialized services for children and youth who have been exposed to violence or witnessed violence. We will revive our membership program, which will feature access to our events, resources and discounted rates to community partners. We are #OnAMission in 2018.

Fundraising Events:

Each year, we hold four signature events: Empowerment Breakfast (spring), Missy’s Hope 5K (in partnership with Missy’s Hope/fall), Susan B. Anthony Celebration (October) and new this year — Missy’s Closet Fashion Show (November). These events give the community and supporters opportunities to engage in our work and see the impact we are having in our community every day. Throughout the year we will hold smaller fundraising events aimed at engagement and empowerment. 

Giving Opportunities:

There are several giving opportunities to support our work throughout the year:

• sponsorship of one of our exciting fundraising events • individual donations to a program of your choice

• donations of your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, small household goods to Missy’s Closet (our newest resale boutique)

• donations to Emily’s Place, our safe and confidential shelter for victims and their families experiencing domestic violence

• planned giving. No gift is too big or too small. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

YWCA NH offers several opportunities to volunteer with our organization. Volunteers can go through a 30-hour crisis services training to provide support through our 24/7 crisis services line for victims and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. Missy’s Closet, our newest resale boutique has volunteer openings for store associates and clothing sorters, and our office administrative team has volunteer opportunities for various clerical tasks. Whether you volunteer for a day or ongoing, it is always appreciated! We are also actively recruiting board members. 

Board Officers   /   Board Members

  • Mary Lou Beaver
    Board Chair
  • Pat Findlen
    Vice Chair
  • Ashley Major
  • Betsi Devries
  • Sheila Sarabia
    NE Delta Dental
  • Donna Ehrler
    Bar Harbor Bank
  • Nathalie Ahyi
    Health and Equity Partnership
  • Kile Adumene
    Graduate Student
  • Sabrina Smeltz
    Granite YMCA
  • Judith George
    Cross Insurance Agency
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