20 S 6th St, New Bedford, Ma 02740
Phone 508-999-3255
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Our mission YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts

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YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts remains steadfast in our commitment to provide services to our residents and families in need. We have taken steps to practice social distancing such as operating our administrative offices remotely, but the fact remains that as a human service organization there are still clients in our community that need our support. Program staff are available by email and phone and are contacting our program participants to provide support and assess their ongoing needs.
The two YWCA programs that have experienced the greatest impact from this public health crisis are our YWkids School Age Program and our Residential Services Program, which houses sixteen women.
Even though our world seems to be filled with unknowns, as an organization we are rising to the challenge of adapting our programs and services to continue supporting women and families in our community.
If you are in a position to help YWCA Southeastern MA during the COVID-19 public health crisis, here are three ideas:
  1. Donate gift cards in $25 increments by mail to YWCA Southeastern MA, 20 South Sixth St., New Bedford, MA 02740
  2. Choose YWCA Southeastern MA when shopping on Amazon Smiles! Visit smile.amazon.com
  3. Choose COVID-19 Relief when making a donation on our website
While this global pandemic will likely change the trajectory of how we treat illness, our communities will recover, and we will emerge stronger and better prepared for future challenges. Thank you!
Items we need

The YWCA’s current Wish List

Residential Wishlist:
  • Twin Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Comforters
  • Bathroom Mats/Rugs
  • Shower Curtains
  • Curtains
  • Plants
  • Pictures for Living Room walls
  • Toiletries
  • Bathroom hand soap – (no hand sanitizer, may contain alcohol)
  • Tissues
  • First aid supplies – band aids, non latex gloves, ice packs
  • Swiffer – for dusting
  • Kitchen Items – dish towels, sponges, pot holders, paper towels, condiments, salt, pepper, spices
  • Laundry Detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener
  • Dish Detergent
  • Toasters
  • Microwaves
  • Coffee Makers
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes
  • Tupperware
  • Cups
  • Serving Utensils
  • Utensils
YWkids Wishlist:
  • Books
  • Art Supplies
  • Plants
  • Jump Ropes
  • Games
  • Stickers
  • Pencils
  • Calculators
  • Legos – 3 sets
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Instant Camera with film – 3 sets
  • Large Jenga
  • Regular Jenga
  • Tablets
  • Aprons
  • Skeleton Model
  • Printer/Copier
  • Moon Sand
  • Play Dough
  • American Flag
  • Play Kitchen Items
  • Cars
  • Dolls
  • Dress Up – for blue and yellow group
  • Magnets
  • Microscope – for green group
  • 3D Printer
  • Laptops
  • In-Kind Donations
About us The YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts was founded in 1911. Our Mission speaks to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. The organization has undergone major changes nationally, regionally and locally, but it continues “to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power.” The YWCA adopted its One Imperative in 1970, ”to thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.” We continue to work to that goal internally and throughout our service area. Our Board of Directors and staff reflect the diversity of the area with a concentrated effort to have many locales served.
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