Community Leadership

As one of the largest, long-standing charities in Waterloo Region, the YW takes a leadership role in supporting the work of small and start-up not-for-profits whose work aligns with ours.

the feminsit shift

The YW was a proud partner in The Feminist Shift coalition; a systems change project designed to increase awareness around the issues affecting women and gender-diverse people in Waterloo Region.

In partnership with YWCA Cambridge, the YW Kitchener-Waterloo leads a collaboration with 10 other local YWCA Member Agencies to contribute to building a design strategy and campaign in effort to promote social and systematic change towards ending gender-based violence and increasing gender equity across Ontario.

project willow

Finding justice for women and gender-diverse community members without housing, and for precariously housed racialized survivors of gender-based violence. 

network of neighbours

Community based training in harm reductive practices that can help support survivors of gender-based violence before they’re ready to flee.


3 seasons of critical conversations that bring an intersectional feminist analysis to important social, economic and community issues impacting all of us here in Waterloo Region.


The YW provides administrative support to ALIVe, a volunteer group of citizens living in low income, who work together to address issues of poverty and advocate publicly for change.

Family Relocation Project

The YW hosts and provides administrative and support to the Family Relocation Project, which provides furnishings and moving assistance to women leaving domestic violence shelters

Women's Municipal Campaign School

The YW is an organizer of the Waterloo Region Women’s Campaign School, and provides its administrative support. The Women’s Municipal Campaign School is a two-day program that provides women who are considering running for municipal office with information and other resources to assist them in running successful election campaigns.

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