Celebrating the YWCA of Lubbock
Making a lasting difference for the community
The YWCA became a Community Partner in 1955 to support the many women, children, and families served by its programs. Gifts to United Way support YW-CARE, summer camp, and the Women’s Health Initiative.
The YW-CARE and summer camp programs, provide affordable, high-quality child care for families. YW-Care provides more flexibility for families, offering after-care in schools. In 1996, United Way also began funding the Women’s Health Initiative which provides financial assistance for breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women and men and breast cancer patient navigation for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
A history of empowerment
The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) began nationally over 160 years ago. The organization has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements for over and has dedicated its efforts towards civil rights and other important issues regarding the community.
Although the YWCA of Lubbock did not receive its official nonprofit status until 1966, the organization got its start in Lubbock in the 1950s. Quality childcare and supporting families were a priority from the start. The YWCA was also well-known in for its affordable fitness and swimming facilities like the newly remodeled Sun ‘n Fun.
The YWCA of Lubbock today
In 2020, the YWCA opened a brand new facility in the old K-Mart building on University. The new building was designated a HUD EnVision Center, one of 8 facilities in Texas and 60 across the country. The goal of the center is to partner with other agencies to provide wrap-around services for families. Last year, the YWCA served 1,551 individuals and families through their United Way funded programs.
Learn more about the YWCA and its mission at https://www.ywcalubbock.org/