YWCA USA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world.
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.
Rockford Association was founded.
YWCA offered first “Physical Culture” Class to women in the Rockford Female Seminary, now known as Rockford University.
First Rockford headquarters built, located at Madison and Oak.
1958 through 1960s
YWCA Rockford responded to the needs of young single women and baby boomer families, and opened a new location on S. Madison Street to continue providing safe recreational resources, housing and health and family education.
1970s – 1990s
Recreational services in downtown facility continued, but housing was becoming less of a social and community need.
First Leader Luncheon was held at the Metro Centre.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King spoke at Leader Luncheon.
Child Care Solutions program was launched.
NASA Astronaut Janice Voss spoke at Leader Luncheon.
YWCA Puri Women’s Resource Center opened.
YWCA USA presented YWCA Rockford with the Association Excellence Award for mission impact in the field of Racial Justice.
YWCA Rockford launched Creating Community Behind Shields cultural competency dialogues between communities of color and frontline law enforcement.
YWCA Rockford becomes YWCA Northwestern Illinois. La Voz Latina added as a department.
Expanded services into McHenry and Ogle counties.
Introduced the first YWCA Illinois Welcoming Center
YWCA Northwestern Illinois Foundation Formed after Major Gift from Mackenzie Scott
YWCA Northwestern Illinois adds The Literacy Council as a department.