We Create Real Change

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!

You will gain:

  • 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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Join these Board Members, women leaders, and YWCA Members. Become a member today.

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

Upcoming Events

Aug 23

La Voz Latina Annual Recognition Banquet

August 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cliffbreakers

  This event includes a social hour, awards recognizing talent in our community, dinner, program, and dancing.   Register Now   Nominate a Hispanic/Latino community leader for Latino of Distinction or Community Member of Distinction Awards! Download the Nomination form:  Word or  PDF Nominations must be received by mail, email, or in person by 5:00…

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   Toasting Sponsors First National Bank and Trust SwedishAmerican Health System- Belvidere   Hors d'oeuvre Sponsors…

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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