Elevate: Celebrating 150 Years of Helping Women Rise

In 1870, seven women joined together to ask of themselves and of the Dayton community what they could do to “elevate women in our midst.” Their response became YWCA Dayton — and we’ve been helping women rise ever since. As part of the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world, YWCA Dayton has been at the forefront for 15 decades — from opening the first YWCA branch for African American women and girls (1889) to being the second YWCA to open a domestic violence shelter (1977). Thank you for being On a Mission with us. We are so proud to celebrate our sesquicentennial year with you!

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Elevate Community: A Birthday Block Party

It's our birthday! Join us on the 150th day of the year for a free community celebration of our 15 decades serving the Miami Valley. Featuring food, fun, and a 24-hour radiothon of stories and support. Details to follow.

Elevate History: A Sesquicentennial Soiree

Your New Year's Eve just got 150 times better. Cheers to YW's legacy of service, and our next 15 decades, at this one-time-only evening gala. Special announcement with details -- including some surprises! -- coming soon.

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