YWCA of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was founded in 1908 by churchwomen in the community to assist girls coming into the city to work for Reynolds Tobacco Company and Hanes Knitting Company. The YWCA continues it’s commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women by continuing to fund programs right here in our community.
YWCA USA is a national not-for-profit membership organization that provides social service, advocacy, education and leadership development. It is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Established in the United States in 1858, the YWCA is the oldest and largest national women’s organization. Through its nearly 300 affiliated local YWCAs and its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the YWCA serves 2.5 million women and girls each year. Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of World YWCA, which has affiliates in 103 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide.