Who We Are

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world.

Founded in Rockford in 1891, YWCA Northwestern Illinois has a strong, proud history, and rich tradition of providing progressive services to women and their families in the northwestern Illinois community.

Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.