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The YWCA has been empowering women in Northern Illinois since 1891. Our mission-driven services continue to evolve to meet the needs of women, children and families in Rockford and the counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess.

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For women with a desire to start, sustain, or grow their child care business!

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  • Access to industry experts through webinars, online learning modules, and face-to-face trainings
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Practical small business knowledge

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Become part of the national movement for women, girls and communities across the country.

Upcoming Events

Oct 10

Wine Women & Purses

October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Giovanni’s Conference Center

Join YWCA Northwestern Illinois for a memorable evening of wine tasting, boutique shopping, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and live music!   Thank you to our valued 2019 event sponsors... Presenting Sponsor    Wine Glass Sponsor   Cordial Sponsor Nothing Bundt Cakes   Toasting Sponsors First National Bank and Trust SwedishAmerican Health System- Belvidere  …

Oct 15

YWCA Week Without Violence: Human Trafficking 101

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
YWCA Northwestern Illinois

YWCA Northwestern Illinois and Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Assault will present: Human Trafficking 101 October 15, 2019 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and registration is required Register Now

Mar 02

YWCA Leader Luncheon

March 2, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Giovanni’s Conference Center

Leader Luncheon: Women of Achievement Leader Luncheon is the YWCA Northwestern Illinois's primary fund-raising event. Funds from the event are used to develop and expand programming and advocacies for women and families’ economic self-sufficiency with a clear commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. Register Now   Elizabeth Smart to provide…

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