Mission and Values
Our National Mission: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Our Local Mission: YWCA Greenwich is on a mission to empower women and girls and promote inclusion and dignity for all in our community.
Through leadership, innovative programs, services and educational opportunities, YWCA Greenwich is a driving force for a healthier, safer and more equitable community.
Our vision for our Community
- All women and girls are more confident, more self-sufficient and are supported to achieve their greatest potential
- All people are valued, respected, and treated equally
- There is zero tolerance for domestic violence
- Our community has deepened its knowledge of racial and gender disparities and strengthened social cohesion across all groups
- Our community exhibits health and well-being across a variety of indicators.
- Respect: We believe every person should be treated with dignity.
- Equity & Inclusion: We recognize the equal value of all human beings. We embrace diverse ideas, talents and backgrounds, and believe all people should feel welcome in our community.
- Community: Our community is integral to our thinking and we are committed to evolving our efforts to best meet its needs.
- Empowerment: We believe all people can be supported to grow, learn, and achieve their desired aspirations.
- Excellence: We aim to deliver high quality, safe programs and services, to be responsive to our members, and to value data driven decision making across our organization. These efforts drive our performance and help us to achieve excellence in all that we do.
- Integrity: We are committed to operating with honesty, maintaining ethical standards and transparency.
FY 2019 Policy Advocacy and Legislative Agenda
To support YWCA Greenwich’s mission to be a driving force for a healthier, safer, and more equitable community, the organization will advocate for women’s economic empowerment, the advancement of women, racial justice and civil rights, women’s safety, and the funding of critical internal and external programs.
YWCA Greenwich will engage in advocacy in our local community and at state and national levels and will engage in lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels of government within the limits allowed by law and as permitted for an organization exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Economic Empowerment and Advancement
YWCA Greenwich believes that all women and girls have the right to be confident, self-sufficient and supported to achieve their greatest potential. YWCA Greenwich will advocate to encourage all employers to examine pay practices and proactively address wage discrepancies across genders, and we will support efforts to increase the minimum wage at the federal and state levels.
Women are disproportionately affected by the lack of a comprehensive system of paid family and medical leave in Connecticut. YWCA Greenwich supports an employee-funded insurance system, for companies of sufficient size, that would cover a portion of an employee’s wages during a legally protected leave. YWCA Greenwich will advocate for programs and work supports that promote educational equity, female entrepreneurship, access to capital, employment stability and long-term economic security.
YWCA Greenwich has provided public testimony for the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly in support of:
- Senate Bill 1 - AN ACT CONCERNING EARNED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE
- House Bill 5003 - AN ACT IMPLEMENTING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM
- Testimony on SB 1 and HB 5003
YWCA Greenwich also supports the following legislation:
- Senate Bill 68 - AN ACT ESTABLISHING WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EQUALITY