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Brenda’s Story

When I received notice that I was being accepted into the Data Science Certificate Program from the University of Guelph, [...]

Building our future on Ottawa Street

The wait is finally over! The backhoes are humming, the earth is churning. Last week we put metal to the [...]

Carole Anne’s Place to reopen in December

Cathy hunkered down inside an alcove near the GO station on Hunter Street where she and her partner Lindsey would [...]

Committed to Keeping Our Community Safe

Yesterday we learned that a client in one of our facilities has tested positive for COVID-19. The client who has […]

COVID-19 is a Gendered Issue

Last night, I, like many of you, scrolled through story after story that analyzed, examined, made predictions and reported on […]

COVID-19 Update for April 1

We are now three weeks into the COVID-19 crisis and while we try to make sense of rapidly-evolving developments, the [...]

Donation Processing Volunteer

TYPE: In-person
TIME COMMITMENT: 1-2 shifts/week; Monday through Friday between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, flexible work schedule
TERMS OF POSITION: Six (6) month commitment

The YWCA Hamilton Donation Processing Volunteer will help staff with welcoming and assisting donors, receiving and tagging incoming donations, sorting donations into designated areas/bins, keeping an accurate in-kind donation log up-to-date, and replenish as needed.

Entrepreneur Josie Rudderham has her cake and eats it too

Josie Rudderham was heading back to work after the birth of her first child when she was told her job [...]

Faiza fulfills her dreams at YWCA Hamilton pool

As a girl growing up in Benghazi, Libya, Faiza Elbarghathi had one dream ­– to learn how to swim. Because [...]

Front Desk Volunteer

TYPE: In-person
TIME COMMITMENT: 1-6 hours/week; 1-2 shifts/month; between 9 AM to 9 PM; flexible work schedule

Front Desk Volunteer, while providing assistance to the Front Desk team, will welcome clients, volunteers, staff, and community members at the MacNab and Putman Family YWCA facilities.

Good Beginnings Volunteer

TYPE: Hybrid, both virtual and in-person opportunities exist
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 to 3 hours per week, plus travel time for in-home visits

YWCA Good Beginnings is a volunteer assistance program available for mothers in Hamilton and the surrounding area with infants younger than six months of age. The program involves weekly in-home visits from a trained volunteer

Happy Holidays from YWCA Hamilton

YWCA Hamilton wishes you all a holiday season filled with warmth, peace and happiness. Our holiday hours are: December 24: [...]

How You Can Help

YWCA Hamilton's Response to COVID-19   Dear Friends, As we keep saying, this has been an unprecedented week. And every [...]

How YWCA Encore Changes Lives

Two years ago, Neanette Atanas rolled over in a Stretch Sweat and Unwind yoga class and her life went sideways. [...]

How YWCA Hamilton’s STEP program changes lives

Three years ago, Emma Farr started a program that changed her life. “I was having a really hard time in [...]

Imagine Day Program Volunteer

TYPE: In-person
TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of Six (6) month commitment

The Imagine Day Program Volunteer will provide supports to adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis and may display challenging behaviors. This volunteer will assist in delivery of direct and indirect support services with a focus on therapeutic recreation, inclusion and community integration as assigned by the Program Supervisor – Community Participation or designate

Important Update on COVID-19 Planning

To all YWCA Hamilton members, clients and visitors, We understand and share in your concern around the risks associated with [...]

Jane Allison, Principal/Owner, Dovetail Community

“The concept of Turning Point is so elegantly simple - a community of women supporting and cheering other women. It [...]

JOIN New Mothers’ Support Volunteer

TYPE: Hybrid, both virtual and in-person opportunities exist
TIME COMMITMENT: Between 1 to 4 visits Monthly; each visit is 2 to 3 hours
TERMS OF POSITION: Six (6) month commitment

YWCA Hamilton Mother’s Support Services is looking for individuals to Canada to apply to provide volunteer assistance for newcomer mothers in the Hamilton and the surrounding area. The Mother’s Support Group volunteer will provide support to new mothers with infants younger than twelve months of age.

Living her best life at YWCA Hamilton South Place

Nancy Oomen stands in the middle of her cheerily-decorated bedroom and holds up an Anne of Green Gables figurine. It’s [...]

Lucia’s long road home

Lucia Martinez stood in the lobby of the YWCA Hamilton, clutching the remains of her former life in her hands. [...]

Marilyn Hill: YWCA Hamilton’s Storyteller

From the moment you meet her, Marilyn Hill has a story to tell. On the coffee table in her home, […]

Meet Your Turning Point Funding Recipients

Turning Point Giving Circle funding Every year, members of the Turning Point Giving Circle democratically vote as a collective group […]

Myths and realities about women and homelessness

At YWCA Hamilton, we see the realities of homelessness every day – but there are still many misconceptions and stereotypes [...]

Neighbourhood residents are ready to welcome Putman Family YWCA to Ottawa Street

YWCA Hamilton’s brand-new building is taking shape on Ottawa Street – and members of the community say they’re eager to [...]

Providing a turning point that will last forever

For more than three decades, Kathy Hayes had a front row seat on the lives of students. As the Registrar [...]

Remembering Milli Gould

Milli Gould touched a well-manicured hand to her face and leaned in to listen to Annah Yassin’s story. It was [...]

Seniors Call & Connect Volunteer

TYPE: In-person
TIME COMMITMENT: 2-4 hours/week; 1-2 shifts/month; between 9 AM to 9 PM; flexible work schedule

The YWCA Hamilton Seniors Call & Connect Volunteer provides assistance to the (Seniors) Active Living Centre 55+ team, inclusive of: providing telephone calls to seniors, engaging in social discussions, offering resources and connections to community programs, and providing updates on current & upcoming YWCA programming for the MacNab/Putman Family YWCA facility

Show your pride and help support Hamilton’s Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth!

YWCA Hamilton is proud to support speqtrum, a youth-founded and youth-focused skill-sharing and community building program for Two Spirit and [...]

Sneak peek of the new Ottawa Street YWCA!

You've asked and we listened! What will the new Ottawa Street YWCA look like? Will it be a building we’ll [...]

Suzanne Zandbergen, Owner, The Generator

“It was important to me as a business owner to have an ongoing affiliation with a charity or non-profit, to [...]

Women of Distinction Awards Gala Volunteer

TYPE: In-person, short-term
TIME COMMITMENT: Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Volunteer to help Women of Distinction Awards Gala on March 2nd, 2023. Check in and meet with nominees, guests and sponsors, help ensure that they have an amazing experience! Answer questions about the event, support our auction and selfie wall booth.

Women’s collective awards $5000 to transform lives

On a crisp fall evening in late 2018, then-manager of Transitional Housing Violetta Nikolskaya stood before a room of women [...]

You can help families feel safe.

You can help families feel safe. You can provide a home. You can provide a future. Last Christmas, my mom [...]

YWCA Closed Today

The weather outside is still dreadful on Day 2 of this freezing rain storm. YWCA Hamilton remains closed today and [...]

YWCA Hamilton Closed Today

It’s definitely been a wild winter! YWCA Hamilton MacNab Street is closed and all non-essential YWCA Hamilton programming is cancelled […]

YWCA Hamilton is leading the way for women’s affordable housing!

Earlier today, the federal government announced an investment in the Hamilton community by committing more than $10.08 million to the [...]

YWCA Hamilton Overwhelmed by Community Support during COVID-19

We asked. You delivered. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit Hamilton, Steve Park was one of the many Hamiltonians who knew [...]

YWCA Hamilton Programming Update

This has been an unprecedented week as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. Hamilton Public Health and leading health authorities world-wide [...]

YWCA Hamilton Snow Day Update Feb.27, 2019

YWCA Hamilton will close today at 4pm due to inclement weather. However, the MacNab Street Child Care Centre will remain […]

YWCA Hamilton Staff celebrate the holidays online with the help of special guest Terra Lightfoot

It’s been a week of celebration and cheer at YWCA Hamilton as our staff came together to celebrate the season [...]

YWCA Hamilton Staff Innovate to Engage Community

We are entering our seventh week of pandemic measures and many of us might be feeling a bit restless, patiently […]

YWCA Ottawa Street will be named the Putman Family YWCA

The newly-reimagined Ottawa Street YWCA will be named The Putman Family YWCA, thanks to a $1 million donation from Hamilton’s […]

2023 Women of Distinction Awards nominations are open NOMINATE TODAY!

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