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There are many ways you can help support women and girls in our community.
Become an Annual Partner
Join YWCA Hamilton and demonstrate your commitment to supporting women, girls and families in Hamilton. Annual Partners provide philanthropic support across multiple levels to support YWCA programs, services and signature events and make an annual commitment in support of YWCA Hamilton. Your annual partnership opportunity is customized based on the unique interests of your company and its employees.
In addition to exclusive recognition opportunities aligned with the events, initiatives and programs an Annual YWCA Partner supports, Annual Partners are recognized year round across multiple YWCA communications channels including website, event micro-sites, social media and external newsletters. Annual partners and profiled in an exclusive blog on YWCA’s website and shared with all subscribers; a reach of over 10,000.
Contact Sarah Ernest, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming an Annual YWCA Partner.
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Turning Point Giving Circle
The YWCA Hamilton Turning Point Giving Circle is a community of women with diverse backgrounds and interests who are committed to YWCA Hamilton’s mission: the belief that women and girls must have the rights, resources, and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.
Your 3-year commitment of a minimum $500 a year will be a consistent and reliable source of funding which will provide essential services to our community of women, girls and their families.
• Invitation to a private dinner to celebrate philanthropy at YWCA Hamilton
• Democratically vote as a collective group to award annual program funding to a special YWCA Hamilton program and an individual impacted by YWCA Hamilton (click here to view past recipients)
• Exclusive invitations to events throughout the year
Michele Landsberg Circle ($500–$999)
Your cumulative annual gift of $500 – $999 qualifies you for membership in the Michele Landsberg Circle. Michele was one of the first in Canadian journalism to address sexual harassment in the workplace, racial discrimination in education and employment opportunities, and lack of gender equality in divorce and custodial proceedings. Members of the Michele Landsberg Circle advocate for eliminating barriers faced by women. Their philanthropic support of the YWCA Hamilton has a profound impact on women and girls through our programs and services.
Elsie Knott Circle ($1,000–$1,499)
Your cumulative annual gift of $1,000 – $1,500 qualifies you for membership in the Elsie Knott Circle. Elsie Knott was the first woman Chief in Canada. As Chief of the Curve Lake First Nation, Knott worked to improve the quality of life for members of the community by negotiating with government for new housing and infrastructure. She also helped revitalize cultural activities and the Ojibway language within her community. Like Elsie, members of this circle are community leaders and advocates.
Adrienne Clarkson Circle ($1,500 + )
Your cumulative annual gift of $1,500 or more qualifies you for membership in the Adrienne Clarkson Circle — our highest level of recognition. Adrienne Clarkson was Canada’s first woman of colour Governor General (1999-2005). She was also Canada’s first racialized woman to ever headline a national TV program and is an advocate for gender parity. Members of the Adrienne Clarkson Circle are YWCA champions who lead by example and are committed to supporting and empowering women and girls through their philanthropic giving.
Become a Turning Point Giving Circle member today.
If you would like to join a Turning Point Giving Circle, please fill out the membership application form.
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Be the Recipe for Change
Help us provide a meal to the women who call YWCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living program home.
YWCA Hamilton does not receive government funding to provide meals for the 65 women who live in our Transitional Living Program, which means many residents stand in line at food banks and look to other free or low cost food sources to eat every day. Facing daily hunger creates barriers for women as they try to find employment and affordable housing.
With your help, we can provide the women who live at YWCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living Program a healthy and nutritious meal through YWCA’s Be the Recipe for Change. This unique program operates through our social enterprise café, At the Table, and provides healthy meals to the women who call YWCA Hamilton home. In addition to receiving safe, supportive housing, the women residing in Transitional Living gain access to employment and training opportunities through YWCA’s Employment Resource Centre, as well as the At the Table Café.
Last year, 5,525 individual meals were enjoyed and shared by the 65 women residing in Transitional Living. Each of these meals was generously prepared by the 500+ supporters of YWCA’s Be the Recipe for Change.
Gather your friends and help us cook a meal for the 65 women who call YWCA Hamilton home.
For a tax-deductible donation of $400, you and five of your friends will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive cooking experience, learning tips and tricks from a professional chef. Your session will also include a tour of our facilities where you will learn about the YWCA Hamilton’s overall mission to support women, girls and families in our community.
Want to help but aren’t keen on cooking? Please consider making a donation of $300 to adopt a meal, in lieu of participating in the cooking session. All meal planning and cooking will be done by our incredible staff from At the Table, while also providing a training opportunity for the women who call YWCA Hamilton home.