Register TODAY! 
Join the YWCA in honoring Lucy Jones
Chief Scientist for the Multi-Hazard Initiative in Southern California

         When: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 5:30PM-7:00PM
         Where: Neighborhood Unitarian Church, 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., 
         Pasadena, CA 91103
         Cost: General Admission tickets are $45.00 and include wine & appetizers.
         Tickets will be sold for $55.00 at the door.


To honor Lucy Jones, Special Friend tickets are available at $100.00
Special Friends will be listed in event program


         Write Checks To: YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
         Mail Checks To: YWCA, 1200 North Fair Oaks, Suite 9, 
         Pasadena, CA 91103
         Purchase Tickets: Online at or with 
         Crystal Hernandez at (626) 296-8433



The Holidays Are Just Around the Corner!
Donate to the YWCA today to support the upcoming Holiday Party for participants


The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will be hosting our annual Holiday Party for our youth participants in December. We are currently seeking donations for gift items to give to our girls as holiday gifts. Gift cards are most convenient for our young girls, specifically to places such as clothing stores and restaurants, for example: Bath & Body Works, Target, Jamba Juice, Pinkberry, Forever 21, and Old Navy. In addition, we are also seeking donations and support for catering services for the Holiday Party. All holiday gift items are accepted and our organization greatly appreciates the continued support from the community. For more information regarding gift donations please contact Shanetta Robinson, Program Director, at 626.296.8433.
We thank you in advance and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

9th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast
Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Hilton Pasadena Hotel

Sandra Davis Houston, YWCA Board president,
along with the 2011 Racial Justice Recipient, Toby Osos

On Monday, October 17, over 570 Pasadena community leaders came together at the Hilton Pasadena Hotel for the YWCA’s 9th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast. The 2011 Racial Justice Award went to Toby Osos, Pasadena community member who has been an active part of the YWCA for over 63 years. Toby has spent a lifetime advocating for Racial Justice, and had the opportunity to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. The 2011 Keynote Speaker was Lecia Brooks, Director of Outreach at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama. This year, the YWCA was honored to have PUSD student Jaylin Miller give an extraordinary inspirational speech on why she loves America, specifically addressing the diversity throughout the country. Jaylin earned a standing ovation as her powerful words truly touched everyone in the room. In addition, the YWCA was honored to welcome back KNBC reporter Beverly White as this year’s emcee once again.

This annual community event could not take place without the dedication and hard work of the volunteers on the YWCA Women for Racial Justice Breakfast Committee, which was chaired this year by Abby Lloyd Sabin along with Honorary Chair Marilyn Buchanan.

YWCA Executive Director, Tamika Farr shares, “Each year, this event is truly at the heart of the YWCA—recognizing women for their years of dedication to Racial Justice.” First held in 2002, the event calls on all in the community to reinvigorate their efforts to recognize and take action against the many forms of racism that still exist in our day to day lives. During the event, all guests joined together to read the YWCA Racial Justice Pledge aloud, proclaiming to put forth a greater amount of effort towards eliminating racism through both their actions and their words.

The breakfast is the kick-off event to the YWCA Week Without Violence, which is celebrated across America as well as throughout over 50 countries. The highlight of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley’s Week Without Violence calendar was when the YWCA, along with many community partners, invaded Washington Middle School to host an anti-violence rally with 600 students!

Corporate sponsors for the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast were Kaiser Permanente, Avery Dennison, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Wells Fargo, PCL Construction Leaders, Inc., US Bank and Villa Gardens Continuing Care Retirement Community.


YWCA Celebrates a Successful
Week Without Violence Across the Country!

From October 17-21, nearly 300 YWCA chapters across America took part in the National Week Without Violence by hosting compelling educational events which focused on the devastating impact of all forms of violence on American women and their families.

The YWCA's Week Without Violence was originally launched in 1995 and has evolved into a global campaign involving hundreds of communities and over 50 countries. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence will affect one in every four women throughout her lifetime, what an astonishing number to keep in mind. Gloria Lau, CEO of the YWCA USA, states, " YWCA's across America are committed to eliminating violence by educating and empowering individuals to protect themselves against violence.

Here at the Pasadena-Foothill Valley facility, program staff spent the week making a difference in the community, and took the Week Without Violence straight into the schools this year. On Tuesday, October 18, the YWCA hosted a lunch time rally at Washington Middle School for 600+ students!

Thank you to our partners for making our 2011 Week Without Violence a success: City of Pasadena, Flintridge Center, LEARNs, Life Notes Edutainments, Mustangs on the Move, Partnership for Children Youth & Families, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School District, Peace Over Violence, Planned Parenthood, Western Justice Center & Women Against Gun Violence.

Webinar: Sexual Assault and Women in Our Communities

Join the YWCA USA on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 8:00AM-9:00AM, for a FREE Webinar on Sexual Assault and Women in Our Communities.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of what services and programs are available to women who have experienced sexual assault. It will also provide tools to help family and friends of sexual assault survivors who are often themselves referred to as secondary survivors of assault.

Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania will join the call to discuss Campus Save Act, a bill that addresses sexual assault on college campuses.

Please join this webinar to learn more about sexual assault, a crime that in estimated to impact one in six women, and how you can take action to prevent and end this form of violence.

Space is limited! 
REGISTER HERE to reserve your seat today!     


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. Contact 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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