ALTON — The Alton YWCA is joining the national organization’s rebranding campaign.
The national organization, which includes more than 220 nonprofits around the country, launched a brand awareness campaign on Monday. The launch is meant to reintroduce the organization, share its life-changing work and invite people to join its mission to empower women and eliminate racism.
“We have been building momentum for change within our YWCA over the past few years and are so excited to join this national effort to bring new awareness to our brand and mission,” Alton YWCA director Andrea Lamer said.
For more than 150 years, YWCA has been at the forefront of social movements — from voting rights and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care reform. But despite important work being done by more than 220 local associations across the country, not enough people understood the YWCA’s size, impact or relevance.
Today, YWCA is one of the top 25 largest charities in the United States, according to NonProfit Times, with total revenues of more than $775 million. YWCA helps more than 2 million women and children each year in the United States, and worldwide, YWCA serves 25 million women and girls in 120 countries.
The Alton YWCA:
Provides safe, affordable and transformational afterschool programming for school-age children in the Alton, Wood River and Roxana school districts.
Assists women to acquire professional skills and advance their career and family goals through community service and development.
Builds local engagement and capacity in women’s empowerment and racial justice.
The YWCA celebrates this launch welcoming new board members and officers and renewed commitments with standing officers. Charged with the goal of developing new programming and reviving its historical home for the community, it is on a mission to meet challenges head-on.
“I am awed by the amount of enthusiasm and talent our members bring to this board,” newly elected board president Gail Donnelly-Bader said. “The Alton YWCA is on a mission to serve all women and girls in our area and to promote social justice. We have so many new ideas for carrying out our mission and I cannot wait to get started on them.”
New members in 2016 include Lisa Brown and Julie Schranck. These accomplished women are joining fellow board members Debbie Sheary, Virginia Ilch, Margaret Freer, Georgia Bratton, Barbara Morrissey McGrew, Britta Haggard, Cynthia Ellis, Gail Donnelly Bader, Erica Bratton and Sue McPike Bayer.
Newly elected YWCA officers for 2016 include:
Gail Donnelly Bader, president
Cynthia M. Ellis, president-elect
Georgia Bratton, treasurer
Barbara Morrissey McGrew, secretary
Visit http://www.altonywca.com/site/c.fwJVKaO0JmI6G/b.8103897/k.BF89/Home.htm or www.ywca.org for more information. The Alton YWCA also is on Facebook.