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“The journey to equity is hard. Start by looking within.” Essay Published by Gail Fortes, Executive Director

July 22, 2021

Essay: The journey to equity is hard. Start by looking within. Efforts must be authentic, intentional and purposeful By Gail Fortes July 22, 2021 When…

Gail Fortes Featured on New Bedford Cable Access “In Conversation With…” hosted by Jim Marshall

July 6, 2021

March, 2021 — In this episode of “A Conversation With…” host Jim Marshall speaks with Gail Fortes, the ExecutiveDirector of the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts…

Girls Exclusive Summer 2021 Now Accepting Applications!

June 9, 2021

Girls Exclusive is a high-quality afterschool & summer program for girls ages 10-14 in Southeastern Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to empower girls…

YWCA SEMA Launches Vaccine Education & Outreach Project!

May 25, 2021

Thanks to funding from the Health Resources in Action Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Grants, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts will begin a seven-month pilot project, YWCA COVID-19 Relief…

Together, We Can Dismantle Racism

May 25, 2021

One Year Later: How Far Have We Actually Come? On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree…

Adopt a Brick this Mother’s Day!

April 29, 2021

Looking for a meaningful way to honor a loved one this mother’s day? For $100, you can Adopt a Brick, engraved with your loved one’s…

YWCA SEMA Launches Economic Empowerment Series: Practical Digital Skills and Digital Literacy during COVID-19

March 5, 2021

Economic Empowerment Series: Practical Digital Skills and Digital Literacy during COVID-19 Alternating Wednesdays on Zoom @ 6:00 pm Register at the links below! Questions? Contact…

Three Ways That You Can Effect Change Today!

February 23, 2021

The YWCA remains at the forefront of addressing issues of racial and gender inequities. We are a member of a regional and national movement working…

YWCA SEMA partners with New Bedford Creative for “Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice”

January 29, 2021

Are you an artist, creative, culture bearer, cultural organizer, or community-based collaborator living or working in New Bedford? New Bedford Creative, in partnership with YWCA…

Watch the YWCA’s 18th Annual Red Dress (Virtual) Fashion Show!

January 27, 2021

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts hosted its 18th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Even though we could not be…

ACTION ALERT: Urge Governor Baker NOW to sign H.4818, An act to reduce racial inequities in maternal health

January 11, 2021

On Tuesday, January 5th, the Massachusetts Legislature passed maternal health legislation aimed to eliminate racial inequities in maternal health, led by black women and centering…

YWCA SEMA’s Response to the Siege at the US Capitol

January 11, 2021

The scene that unfolded last week in our nation’s capital was a disgrace to our democracy and a bleak day for our nation. History will…

Congratulations on your Retirement, Catherine Bourassa!

December 30, 2020

Catherine Bourassa, the YWCA’s Director of Programs and Services, has retired after 27 years with the YWCA. YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts staff and Board of Directors…

Order Your Until Justice Just Is Gear Today!

November 24, 2020

Show your support for the YWCA’s Until Justice Just Is campaign for racial justice! Black unisex crew neck cotton t-shirts are available in Adult and…

YWCA SEMA 2020 Annual Meeting

November 24, 2020

YWCA 2020 Annual Meeting Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 @ 6:00 pm FREE virtual event, donations are welcome The YWCA Annual Meeting features heartfelt stories of…

Celebrating this year’s Women of Distinction Awardees!

November 22, 2020

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards inspire others to achieve by recognizing the leadership of women in a variety of arenas. YWCA Women of Distinction have…

YWCA Honored to be One of 49 Organizations Chosen by the MA Bankers Association

November 19, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS BANKERS ASSOCIATION CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RECORD 2020 COMMUNITY GRANTS BOSTON, Nov. 10, 2020 – The Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) announced today that the MBA…

YWCA SEMA Launches Until Justice Just Is Campaign

October 23, 2020

United we stand. Together we act. Until Justice Just Is. Eliminating racism. Empowering women. Our mission lives in the soul of everyone at YWCA, because we…

Girls Exclusive is Now Virtual! Register Today!

October 15, 2020

Girls Exclusive is a free, high-quality afterschool & summer program for girls ages 10-14 in Southeastern Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to empower…

Nominate A Woman of Distinction Today!

September 1, 2020

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards inspire others to achieve by recognizing the leadership of women in a variety of arenas. YWCA Women of Distinction…