October 2011


A Big THANK YOU to The Gas Company!!

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley would like to give special thanks to The Gas Company of Pasadena for a recent grant awarded for our Just for Girls program! Support from The Gas Company makes it possible for the YWCA to continue to provide services for girls at no cost.

The YWCA's 9th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast is just around the corner!

If you have not yet registered for this inspirational event, be sure to register TODAY! Space is now limited as! Join the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley in honoring Toby Osos as this year's Racial Justice Award Recipient, for her lifetime commitment to Racial Justice. In addition, don't miss out on hearing this year's Keynote Speaker, Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Join the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley along with local community partners in the 2011 Week Without Violence, which will take place October 17-21!

Calendar of Events:

Monday, October 17: YWCA Women for Racial Justice Breakfast at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, from 7:30-9:30AM. This inspirational breakfast will kick off the Week Without Violence by celebrating community awareness and advocacy in the area of racial and social justice. Justice encourages peace and peace prevents violence. Contact Crystal for more information at 626.296.8433

Tuesday, October 18: Campaign Against Violence Rally at Washington Middle School, 1505 North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena--All day event! The YWCA, along with its partners, will invade Washington Middle School campus to put an anti-bullying and violence rally with its entire student body. Contact Shanetta for more information at 626.296.8433

Peace Over Violence presents a course on Self Defense at the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley, 1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, from 4:00-5:30PM. Youth ages 8-17 will enjoy an interactive workshop on self defense and safety. Contact Denise for more information at


Wednesday, October 19: Yoga at the Pasadena Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, from 12:30-1:30PM. Join instructor Jill Zepezauer for a lunch-hour Yoga session. Cost: $10 per class or buy a series and save. Healthy lifestyles promote healthy behaviors! Contact Shanetta for more information at 626.296.8433

Cyber Bullying Prevention Workshop at the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley, 1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, from 3:30-5:30PM. Youth ages 11-17 will explore computer safety and cyber bullying prevention tactics. Contact Janee for more information at 626.296.8433

Thursday, October 20: Acquaintances/Date Rape presented by Planned Parenthood at Muir High School, 1905 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, from 12:50-1:19PM. The YWCA's Just for Girls group will enjoy and interactive workshop on safety and date rape prevention. Contact Denise for more information at 626.296.8433     

Guns Suck! presented by Women Against Gun Violence at Blair Middle School, 1201 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, from 3:15-4:15PM. The YWCA's Just for Girls group will enjoy an interactive and hip presentation on safety and gun violence prevention. Contact Denise for more information at 626.296.8433


Friday, October 21: Lights On! at the Pasadena Unified School District, 351 North Hudson, Pasadena, from 3:00-6:00PM in the North parking lot. Join 1 million Americans and 7,500+ communities nationwide in celebrating the afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn, and helping working families. Contact Shanetta for more information at 626.296.8433


Thank you to our Community Partners for making this fun and educational week possible: City of Pasadena, Day One, Flintridge Center, LEARNs, Mustangs On The Move, Pacific Asia Museum, Partnership for Children Youth & Families, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School District, Peace Over Violence, Planned Parenthood, Western Justice Center and Women Against Gun Violence.


YWCA USA Washington Update--Sign Up TODAY!

The YWCA USA continues to deliver legislative updates and strives to effectively deliver information that is useful to YOU!Please take a moment and subscribe to the YWCA USA Washington Update by clicking on THIS LINK!

With the various proposals that are currently being put forth in regards to our countries debt crisis, we encourage you to stay informed and up to date regarding new advancements and plans. The YWCA USA Washington Update recently discussed articles such as the proposed aggressive deficit plan by President Obama, the approval of the Veterens Sexual Assault Prevention Act, the recent YWCA partnership with HERvotes and new census data showing a record number of women living in poverty. Stay informed! Subscribe today to receive informational emails from the YWCA USA regarding your country and your government!

YWCA USA Partners with HERVotes!

Our national organization has joined forces with HERvotes, a coalition of leading women's organizations, focused on mobilizing women voters in 2012 around preserving women's Health and Economic rights (HERrights).

Paramount to the YWCA's role in this partnership is the YWCA's commitment to providing access throughout the nation regarding voter education.

"With our presence in communities all around the country, the YWCA will be 'action central' for educating and mobilizing voters around issues that matter to women and families," says Gloria Lau, CEO of the YWCA USA. For more information regarding this wonderful new partnership, please read the full press release HERE!


Dr. Lucy Jones has been the seismologist with the US Geographical Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of CalTech since 1983. Jones assisted in developing a new program to integrate hazards science in urban areas with economic analysis and emergency response to increase community resiliency to natural disasters.

Dr. Jones has authored over 90 papers on research seismology with primary interest in the physics of earthquakes, foreshocks and earthquake hazard assessment, especially in Southern California. She serves on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council & was Commissioner of the California Seismic Safety Commission from 2002- 2009.

To purchase a ticket for the final YWCA Honors Series event of the 2011 year, recognizing Dr. Lucy Jones, register online today at www.ywca.org/lucyjones or by contacting Crystal Hernandez at (626) 296-8433

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Location: Neighborhood Church, Ross Chapel,
301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Cost: $45, includes refreshments; $55 at the door


Donate Online TODAY!

Your contribution allows us to continue to offer our community:

  • Just For Girls enrichment and development program for the school-aged young women of Pasadena
  • Racial Justice work in our community
  • Community Building efforts through public dialogue and our program initiatives
  • Ensuring that women from all walks of life have a voice in our city, region and nation

Your generosity ensures that we cultivate the next entrepreneur, the next engineer, the next scientist or the next U.S. Speaker of the House!


Contact Us To Be Involved

Contact our Executive Director, Tamika Farr, or any of the links below to find out how to be involved.

  • Volunteer. We are always recruiting women and girls to join a committee or to volunteer in the office. Contact the Program Office.
  • Make a gift of stock, real estate or money. Contact the Development Office.
  • Join the Mission Committee. Be a part of the conversation.
    Contact Diane Quan, Chair.
  • Join any one of our committees providing administrative structure: Finance Committee, Development Committee and Nominating Committee
    Tamika Farr, Executive Director.

Many Thanks!

Association Ambassadors
Margaret Leong Checca
Mike Enomoto
Edith Grady
Barbara and John Madden
Paula Stamp
Murli Tolaney

President's Circle

Judy Brown

Marie Cantor
Michael Checca

Michelle Gavigan

Sharon Girdner
Carolyn and Lorraine Hancock
Nancy McIntyre
Peggy Phelps
Alison Kate Quan
Diane Quan
Anne Schimmel
Margaret Sedenquist
Marge Wyatt
Margaret York


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