January 2012


Happy New Year!

2012 brings forth new opportunities for positive change in our lives and our communities. How will you choose to make this year better than the last? Personally, I am committed to slowing down in an effort to build meaningful relationships. I have come to realize that all we have at the end of the day are our relationships. I want to hear the stories of those who challenged the status quo and had the courage to blaze trails for women and disenfranchised communities.

I challenge you to also take the time to get to know the diversity of people around you, listen to their stories and tell them yours. This simple act could change your perspective on the world that we live in. We should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value.

Best Wishes,

Tamika Farr, Executive Director                                     

Top Issues for Women in 2012: Health Care & Economy

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), as part of a coalition of 40 national organizations, has launched HERvotes, a nonpartisan campaign to mobilize women around the pressing issues of health and economic rights.


While both men and women have been significantly affected from the recent downturn in the economy, men have been steadily benefiting from the recently added jobs to the economy as opposed to women. CLUW Executive Director Carol Rosenblatt notes in a post on the HERvotes blog:

According to an analysis by the National Women's Law Center, women lost 46,000 jobs from December 2007-June 2006 while men gained 1.26 million.


As 2012 kicks-off, HERvotes notes that women will be most affected by issues regarding Health Care and Economy. YWCA USA, along with many other organizations across the country, have teamed up with HERvotes in an effort to continue to fight for the rights of women throughout 2012. Recent HERvotes advocacy actions have been a prayer vigil for jobless workers and a gathering on Capitol Hill focusing on unemployment, which YWCA USA CEO, Gloria Lau, was a part of.


How can YOU help to give women a voice in 2012? Call Congress NOW! Call the Members of Congress at 888-245-3381 and tell them of the importance of opposing cuts to federal unemployment insurance! According to Dr. Adriana Kugler, chief economist for the Department of Labor, 2.2 million women will lose their benefits if unemployment insurance is not extended past February 2012.
Be a part of the change for the women of today and our young girls of the future!


"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' I have a dream today!"

In the summer of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, stirring the emotions of millions with the words "I Have a Dream." On December 10, 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to eradicate racism throughout the nation. Sadly, Dr. King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. During this time, he was involved in what many people claim to be one of his greatest plans to dramatize the plight of the poor and stir Congress to help blacks. He called his venture the "Poor People's Campaign."

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley asks you to remember to take a moment out of your day on January 16th to remember the selfless acts of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior; the man who started a movement that will live on forever in history.                                                                                                    

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Thanks the Ann Peppers Foundation for a Very Generous Grant!

Our organization would like to give special thanks to The Ann Peppers Foundation for a recent grant awarded to be used towards General Operating Support. While it is important for our organization to receive grants specifically for programs such as TechGyrls and Just For Girls, it is equally important that we obtain grants for General Operating Support, which funds staff salaries, supplies, and much more! Our organization relies greatly on contributions from community organizations and corporations in order to continue to provide our services at little or no cost. A special THANK YOU once again to the Ann Peppers Foundation as we look forward to a new and exciting year filled with joy and empowerment!

Donate Your Old Cell Phones to the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley!

Do you have old or damaged cell phones around the house that you don't know what to do with? Bring them into the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley to help us raise money through cell phone recycling! Cell phones can be working or damaged, old or new! We will then take all donated cell phones to Shelter Alliance, an organization that services non-profit, domestic violence and social service organizations in fundraising.

Our organization will in turn receive a profit for each cell phone collected; money raised will go towards funding the end of the year field trip for our youth participants! For more information, please contact Denise Ramos, Program Coordinator, at 626.296.8433


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!

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