Community spotlight: How local vendors, businesses, and artisan support vital programming at YWCA Hamilton

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It’s often said that Hamilton is a big city with a small-town feel.

While we have the amenities of a big city, there is a strong sense of community connection in Hamilton that seems unique for a city of our size. At YWCA Hamilton, we are so lucky that that sense of cooperation has inspired several businesses to support our programs and services over the past several months.

With the holiday season approaching and Giving Tuesday around the corner, we wanted to highlight just a few of the ways our local partners have supported our life-changing work on behalf of women, girls, and families.

Milli Fashions for Women hosted seven weekly markets in their parking lot that raised $1800+ to fund YWCA Hamilton’s programs and services for women, girls and families.

The seven weekly markets grew from three vendors the first week to a record 23 by the final week. These markets helped support local small businesses and artisans by providing a place to safely sell their products during an uncertain time.  In lieu of market fees, Milli simply asked all vendors to consider donating a percentage of their proceeds to YWCA Hamilton. Funds will be used to better the lives of local women and their families.

Special thanks to the entire team at Milli; Emily from Comeback Snacks; Max from True Hamiltonian; and David from Maisy’s Pearl for all their support.

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A vendor at the Milli market.

Kabuki Spa & Skin Centre raised $540 to support critical programs and services for women and girls at their first ever virtual open house. A big thank you to Alexis and the team at Kabuki for caring for our community during this challenging time!

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Alexis from Kabuki Spa is a big friend of YWCA Hamilton!

As part of their ‘5 for Shelter’ campaign, Royal LePage State Realty committed $6,000 to Phoenix Place, our second stage housing program, which serves 100 women and children each year who are fleeing violence.

“We are so proud of our team of caring and compassionate Realtors for pulling together to make this fundraiser a great success,” said Joe Ferrante, Broker of Record and President of Royal LePage State Realty. “We are very happy to share that we were able to surpass our initial goal and collect some significant donations for YWCA Hamilton.”

If you’d like to host your own fundraiser or donation drive to provide critical items to families – please register here:

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything you do to support YWCA Hamilton!

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