March 2012

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all

With your help, we can continue to empower women and girls through a gift of $100. All donations will go directly towards funding our empowerment programs.
Please donate TODAY to help us reach our goal of $10,000 by March 14, 2012.

It has been estimated that in 2012 there will be 226,870 new cases of breast cancer in women, and an astonishing 39,510 deaths. Women with no health insurance pay, on average, $250 to receive a mammogram.

Currently, the City offers a Computer Skills course for $59 + a $10 registration fee, an out-of-pocket cost that many of our participants cannot afford.

Dear Friends,

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley asks you to give the gift of empowerment today!

The YWCA's Just For Girls program empowers young girls of today in becoming successful female leaders of tomorrow, and is offered at no cost.

TechGyrls is another free empowering program offered to the community, which teaches technology education in a supportive, empowered, all-girl environment, for middle and high school students.

Once a month, we partner with Planned Parenthood of Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley to empower women to take charge of their health by providing mammograms for low-income women with little or no health insurance.

Women in the community make the decision to better themselves and their family by enrolling in our empowering Parent Project course.

With the support and donations of community members such as yourself, you can make it possible for the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley to continue offering these services at little or no cost to those in need.

We hope you will be inspired to join us in the fight to empower women and girls and eliminate racism. It is possible to create a better future for the youth of today, but we cannot accomplish this task alone. Please, give the gift of empowerment and opportunity today!

Give online TODAY.

I was a participant in the Just For Girls program back in 1999 when I was 8 years old until I was 14. I LOVED going to our weekly meeting and talking about girly things that I wouldn't have talked about if I wasn't in the program... I can honestly say that the program provided me with knowledge and life skills that I use to this day. I am now a college freshman at Sonoma State University and the Just For Girls program is something that I have cherished in my heart; the YWCA was definitely the foundation to my success."
~Erika Z., former JFG participant

Save the Date

Tuesday, March 20, 2012--6:00PM at Pasadena City College For a Celebration of International Women's Day

Featuring the CSW Survival Guide Launch and a special screening of:

Miss Representation
A documentary film by Jennifer Siebal Newsom

Hosted by the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, the Pasadena City College Feminist Club and the NWPC-CA of Greater Pasadena 



City of Pasadena
Human Services, Recreation and Housing Needs Assessment

What are we doing?
Pasadena residents are encouraged to share input on the most significant human services, recreation and housing needs for persons of all ages in the community. The City of Pasadena's Human Services and Recreation Department and the Department of housing are partnering to conduct a citywide needs assessment specifically for Pasadena residents and their families. Surveys will be distributed and collected throughout the City during March 2012.

For further information regarding the needs assessment, and to find your local survey station, CLICK HERE! Thank you!

City of Pasadena
Evaluacion de Las Necesidades de Los Servicios Humanos, Recreacion y de Vivienda

Que es lo que estamos haciendo?

Se esta alentando a los residentes de Pasadena a aportar sus puntos de vista sobre las necesidades mas significantes sobre Servicios Humanos, Recreacion y necesidades de vivienda para personas de todas edades en la comunidad. El Departamento de Servicios Humanos evaluacion de las necesidades de los residentes de Pasadena y de sus familias. La encuestas seran distribuidas y recogidas por toda la ciudad durante el mes de Marzo del 2012.

Para mas informacion de el evaluacion de necesidades, y para encontrar la estacion de escuentas mas cercana a su hogar, por favor haga clic aqui. Gracias!

March is Women's History Month!

Join the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Before the 1970's, the topic of women's history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women's Day.

International Women's Day has been recognized since 1911, making 2012 it's 101 year anniversary! The 2012 theme for International Women's Day is "Empower Rural Women--End Hunger and Poverty." Since the year 2000, International Women's Day is recognized as an official holiday in 27 countries!

"Make a difference, think globally and act locally! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding." Visit for more information and to find events near your hometown!

We Cannot Thank You Enough!
Thank you to the following for supporting the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley in the past quarter, December through February

Jack Alexander
Bank of the West
Ann Barrett
Michael Beck
Sam Bills
10,000 Villages
Sherri Bonner
JoAnne Burr
Virginia & John Carr
Susan Carrier
Michael Checca
Angeline Chen
Wendy Cobleigh
Phyllis Currie
Sandra Davis Houston
Norma Dominguez
Fatima Escamilla
Tamika Farr
Janet Frangie
Christina Fuentes
Marlen Garcia
Marcela Garcia
Michelle Gavigan
Wendy Gilmore Trust
Jonathan Guz
Rita Hadjimanoukian
Barbara Hadsell

Haines & Co.
Rosemary Hampton
Mr. & Mrs. Hernandez
Monica Hubbard
Teresa Lamb
Margaret Leong Checca
Tina Suet Ling Lam
Rose Marie Lowe
Alicia Maddox
Constance Manz
Michelle Mayer
Shirley Meade
Jill Meeks
Michael & Suzanne Menerey
Meredith Miller
Heather Miller
Annamarie Mitchell
Inman Moore
Jaylene Moseley
Melanie Murakami
Eddie Newman
Susel Orellana
Toby Osos
Maiya Penberthy
Ralph & Mary Perry

Anthony Portantino
Andrew Quan
Theodore Quan
Erica Rosales
Beverly Ryder
Jan Sanders
Anne Schimmel
Eileen Schoellkopf
Pamela Scott
Margaret Sedenquist
Elizabeth Shavelson
Gwendolyn Sherard-
Rita Speck
Michael Spindler
Paula Stamp
Venita Strange
Sarah Tramel
Sheryl Uribe
Mark Uribe
Blanca Valenzuela
Jenie & Luis Vargas
Felicia Williams
A.P. Yeganeh


Violence Against Women Act: Join the YWCA in taking a stance on this crucial issue! We can make a difference!

Violence against women takes many forms, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. These crimes impact millions of individuals and families in every community in our nation. In 1994, Congress passed the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a comprehensive approach to addressing and ending violence against women. VAWA established grants to create and improve law enforcement and persecution strategies at the state and local levels and provides a framework for collaboration between federal, state and local governments; direct service providers; law enforcement personnel; prosecutors and the courts. VAWA proves that it is possible to combat violence against women. Yet, there is more work to be done.

YWCA position:
The YWCA supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and full funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violence against women.

How can you make a difference?
Get informed! Through a simple internet search and by registering for updates through various women's groups, you can stay current with the latest updates regarding the Violence Against Women's Act. It is important that you know the difference between the truth and false accusations in regards to this very important bill. Speak out! Spread the word by simply engaging in conversation regarding the issue with your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone you encounter in your day-to-day life.

When the time comes, please take a moment to urge your Representative's support of the Violence Against Women Act in Congress! Reach out to your Representative's by writing a letter, sending an email, placing a phone call, and speaking with them at community events or making a trip to their office! Together, we can make a difference.

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

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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