YWCA of Asheville
Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
"The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world." Worldwide the YWCA serves over 25 million members in 122 counties. Membership totals over 2 million in the United States alone. For over 150 years the YWCA has provided a safe haven for woman and girls, help to foster strong women leaders in the community, and had been a leader in the advocacy of woman’s and civil rights on a national and international level.
The YWCA of Asheville was first established in 1907. For over 100 years the YWCA of Asheville has been a leader in the community and has the proud distinction of being the "first thoroughly integrated institution in the South." Today the YWCA of Asheville offers a wide variety of services to the community including day care, K-8 after school care, summer camps, educational offerings, fitness classes, community outreach program sand much more.
YWCA of Asheville
185 S. French Broad Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Monday - Friday 6 am - 9 pm
Saturday 8 am - 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm (closed Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
Call 828-254-7206 x 9 for inclement weather closing information.
Click here for directions.
The YWCA offers a wide variety for programs including the following: aquatics, child care, Club W (fitness center), Latino learning, preventative health, youth programs, teen programs, and much more. To learn more visit YWCA Asheville and select from the programs dropdown list.
The YWCA was founded in London, England in 1855 by Emma Roberts and Mrs. Arthur Kinniard. Three years later the YWCA movement was introduced into the United States in New York and Boston.
In the 1870’s the YWCA began offering employment services for women including typewriting classes. In the 1890’s the first YWCA locations were opened for Black woman and Native American woman in Dayton, OH and Oklahoma respectively.
Throughout the early 1900’s the YWCA worked to further woman’s right and equality throughout the world. The YWCA fought for workers rights including pushing for an 8 hour work day and supporting the right for labor to organize.
During the 1930’s and 1940’s the YWCA fought civil rights including encouraging women to speak out again lynching and mob violence. In 1946 the YWCA formed an interracial charter, eight years before Supreme Court mandated desegregation. The YWCA continued to be a national leader in the civil rights movement through the 1950’s and 1960’s through the desegregation of formerly all black facilities, creation of the Office of Racial Justice, and the participation in Project Equality.
Until this day the YWCA has steadfastly fought for racial equality and woman’s rights by remaining on the forefront of these issues. To learn more about the work being done by the YWCA visit www.ywca.org.