Our Mission at YWCA Hamilton
Women and girls have the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.
YWCA Hamilton has a long tradition of advocacy in Hamilton Ontario and has been a strong voice, advocating for the improved status of women locally and through our affiliation with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA.
How You Can Help
Our volunteers are ambassadors in the community and embody our vision, mission and values. By volunteering with YWCA Hamilton, you make an impact on the lives of the women and girls that we serve.
The YWCA Hamilton encourages applications from Indigenous, Black and Racialized candidates, as well as candidates with disabilities and candidates who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community or any of the previously mentioned identities, which may intersect.
Developmental Services Clients Gain Confidence with the “Shoot Your Shot” Basketball Program
Michaela Walker has two things on her mind: sports, and finding new ways to engage adults with disabilities through therapeutic recreation.
Michaela, in addition to being a fan of all things athletic, is a recent graduate of the therapeutic recreation program at Mohawk College. This winter, she was back at YWCA Hamilton for her third and final placement with her program, after completing her first work placement with us as well.
Therapeutic Recreation is used to help promote a sense of belonging, independence, and quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations. It could take the form of sports, games, arts and crafts, music, dance, or games. Therapeutic Recreation can help individuals improve their physical and cognitive abilities, increase confidence and self-esteem, foster greater involvement in the community, strengthen interpersonal skills and relationships, improve their coping and adaptation skills, and enhance their general wellbeing.
YWCA Hamilton rests on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg.
This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement, and is directly adjacent to Haldimand Treaty territory.
We respect the longstanding relationships with the local Indigenous communities, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River.
YWCA Hamilton is dedicated to advancing opportunities for learning and education and is committed to the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Report.
We encourage you to recognize and acknowledge the land that you occupy – wherever you may be visiting our website from.