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The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Who We Are
In 1919 visionary Hilo women responded to the need for safe housing for young women, founding the YWCA Hawai'i Island as part of a national and world-wide women's movement. Over the years, the needs of women and their families have shaped the programs and services provided by the YWCA. Today, we remain an advocate for women and children, ready as ever to respond to the needs and desires of women to make their place in the world.
The YWCA of Hawai'i Island, a non-profit, 501(c)3, is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing our membership. We are all ages, of diverse ethnicity and occupations, and accepting of any, all or no religious preferences. We are supported in our work toward equality for women by men who join the YWCA as non-voting associates. Affiliate membership is available to businesses, clubs, and organizations who support our purpose.
The warmest, solar-heated salt-water and therapeutic pools in East Hawai'i. We offer swim lessons, water aerobics, family and lap swim plus pool rentals for schools or parties. A place where generations have learned to swim.
The only nationally accredited preschool on Hawai'i Island for 2 year olds through 5 with swimming at our on-site pool a part of the curriculum. Full-day, half-day and drop-in options are available to enable flexibility for families.
YWCA Summer Childcare
While school is out, kindergarteners - 6th graders enjoy activities that foster creativity, healthy choices and respect for self and others. The only licensed summer program with an on-site swimming pool.
YWCA Healthy Start and Enhanced Healthy Start
The only home visitation program throughout East Hawai'i to prevent child abuse and neglect and provide support for children, from newborn to 3, and their families. Enhanced Healthy Start is for families referred by the Child Welfare Services system.
YWCA Teen Court
This one-of-a-kind program is the only way for Big Island juveniles to own up and make up for their first-time offense and wipe their record clean. Sentencing by a jury of teen peers may include community service, jury duty, counseling and victim restitution.
YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services
The only 24/7 rape crisis center for all of Hawai'i Island. Free support services include victim crisis counseling and therapy.
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YWCA Meeting Places
Gathering places at our Ululani and Kilauea sites are available for community rental to meet, celebrate, learn, and have fun.
Make a Difference - Make A Contribution
Contributions of time, treasure and talent are welcome!