On May 1st, 1919, a meeting was held to organize a YWCA chapter in Green Bay. The goal was to provide young women with an appropriate place to meet, rest during their noon hour, and buy lunch at a moderate price. Under the leadership of Miss Euphemia Jane Kay, the first president, YWCA Greater Green Bay began operations at the corner of Cherry and Adams streets in downtown Green Bay. Within the first year, 1,500 women had joined. Community leaders pledged $13,963, and national YWCA affiliation was won.
Since 1919, YWCA Greater Green Bay has worked tirelessly to meet the changing needs of women and girls in the community to work. Whether it's finding gainful employment, having a safe place to share a meal, or meeting other women in a wholesome and welcoming setting, the YWCA Greater Green Bay has been a pioneer in creating opportunities for empowering women throughout the ages. For almost a century we have provided services and programming that have adapted to meet the needs of each generation : In the 20's YWCA served as a luncheon spot, provided job preparation classes, and helped for working women find safe boarding houses. In the 40's we offered crisis intervention and programs to war brides; YWCA sponsored Girl Reserves in the '60s and provided licensed childcare in the '80s; and in the 90's we began programming centered around cancer support, teen parenting, and economic self-sufficiency.
YWCA Greater Green Bay will continue to grow and look forward to helping empower women for generations to come.
It has been our mission to empower women and help them reach their true potential for almost a century. While the issues facing women have changed over time, our commitment to tackling these issues has remained steadfast.
We are proud to celebrate over 98 years of championing our philosophy of embracing diversity and empowering women. Today, the YWCA remains at the forefront of women's issues, providing programs and services that fulfill its vision of Empowering women and children while providing an environment of racial and cultural acceptance for all.
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