April 2012


YWCA USA CEO Gloria Lau on the Death of Trayvon Martin and the Need to Prevent Racial Profiling and Violence 

March 27, 2012 - "The parents of Trayvon Martin are in Washington, D.C., today to attend a forum on hate crimes and racial profiling organized by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. As fellow citizens and parents, the YWCA extends our condolences to Trayvon Martin’s parents on the loss of their son. As activists whose mission includes eliminating racism along with empowering women, the YWCA deplores the circumstances of his death: an unarmed 17-year-old killed by an armed adult neighborhood volunteer who was supposed to help make his street safer, not a place of mortal danger.

Sixty years ago, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago, was shot and bludgeoned to death by a white man while visiting Mississippi because he supposedly whistled at a white woman. Justice was not served then and it is not being served now. The YWCA has stood up for racial justice time and again during the 150 years of our history in this country and we stand now with the Trayvon Martin family to call for justice.

Specifically, we call upon the Department of Justice, Congress and Florida officials to press for a thorough and fair investigation to ensure that justice is served. This incident has been especially painful for parents, particularly those of color, who worry about their children’s safety and how racial profiling can lead to tragedy.

As an organization committed to eliminating racism and combating discrimination, we are steadfast and unwavering in our commitment to ensuring our society is respectful of all -- without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. More than ever, we commit to continuing our work to promote racial justice."

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Acknowledged
as Non-Profit of the Year by the Pasadena
Star-News & Rose Magazine!

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is excited to announce that we have been chosen by the Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine as the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year for the City of Pasadena! We are very thankful to have been chosen for this award; we could not provide all the services we provide without the continued support of the community, so thank YOU!


As a recipient of this special award, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will also be receiving a $2,500 donation from the Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine. With this financial support, we can continue to provide services to the community at little or no cost.


We invite you to join us for this very honorable award! On April 19, 2012, from 6PM-9PM, the YWCA will be honored as the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year at the Hilton Pasadena during the Jewels of Pasadena Women of Distinction Gala. To purchase tickets, contact Ann Weathersbee at 626.962.8811 ext.4439, or at ann.weathersbee@sgvn.com. Tickets are $70 and include dinner and gala; please purchase your ticket soon if you plan to join us, as tickets are limited and must be purchased by April 9, 2012.


Once again, we would like to thank the Pasadena community for continually supporting the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley and all of its programs. We are pleased to know that you support our work and share our vision of eliminating racism and empowering women.

2012 YWCA Women's
Leadership & Networking Day
Friday, May 4, 2012 8AM-3PM
Western Justice Center - Maxwell House
55 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

  • Are you a woman interested in developing or expanding your leadership skills while building your professional network?
  • Are you interested in developing your leadership skills from diverse cultural/ethnic perspectives?

Join the YWCA for an exciting day of leadership development and networking, featuring speakers discussing various aspects of women's leadership. The goal of the event is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in womens leadership.

Congressman Adam Schiff will be in attendance to give the welcome message. Women leaders and organizations representing both public and private sectors will be present to speak on various aspects of leadership. $50 ticket purchase includes continental breakfast and lunch. Purchase your tickets online TODAY!

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley presents...
YWCA Honors featuring
Beatriz Solis of The California Endowment

Join us on May 17, 2012, from 5:30PM-7:30PM to honor Dr. Beatriz Solis, Director of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. Dr. Solis is currently responsible for promoting the vision and strategic direction of the Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 Initiative. Come share the evening with the YWCA and hear Dr. Solis tell of her struggles and accomplishments as a successful Latina professional.

Tickets will be available for purchase soon, please visit our
website and Facebook to stay up to date with YWCA Honors updates!


It's that time again...
The 2012 Women for Racial Justice Breakfast Committee will reconvene beginning this month!

If you have ever joined the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley for a Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, then you probably have a good idea of how much time and effort must go into planning such an exciting event for 500+ community members! If you haven't yet had the opportunity to join us for this empowering event, what better way to get involved for 2012 than by joining the planning committee? This will be the YWCA's special 10th Annual breakfast, and we are looking forward to having yet another exceptional event! Our first committee meeting will be held on April 2nd at 6PM here at the YWCA facility, feel free to stop by!

The Women for Racial Justice Breakfast Committee will meet once a month from April until the big day in October! Additional meetings may be added as the event date approaches. If you would like more information on the committee or are interested in joining, please contact Committee Chair Abby Lloyd Sabin at alsabin@sbcglobal.net or Crystal Hernandez at chernandez@ywca-pasadena.org.


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 entrepreneurs, the next engineer, the next scientist or the next U.S. Speaker of the House!

Many Thanks!

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

President's Circle
Judy Brown
Marie Cantor
Sharon Girdner
Carolyn and Lorraine Hancock
Nancy McIntyre
Toby Osos
Peggy Phelps
Diane Quan
Anne Schimmel
Margaret Sedenquist
Marge Wyatt
Marge York

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.

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