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Helping Hands

GET INVOLVED

opportunities to support the mission and make a difference

As a non-profit organization, we rely on various grants and individual gifts from generous donors like YOU!

 

To make a monetary donation, you may:

  • Write a check and send to YWCA Greater Flint, 801 South Saginaw, Flint, MI 48502

  • Donate on-line by clicking on the donate button below or in the menu at the top of the website.

 

Join the Nina Mills Society

The Nina Mills Society is composed of donors who are recognized for giving $1,000 or more to the YWCA Greater Flint during each calendar year. Society members are honored at an annual luncheon typically held in the Spring.

 

The society is named after Nina Mills, the founder of the YWCA Greater Flint which was established in 1908. Ms. Mills served as assistant to the Flint City Treasurer. For many years, the need for a Young Women’s Christian Association in Flint was discussed by members of the clergy and other individuals. In 1907, Ms. Mills took the initiative saying, “Yes, Flint needs a YMCA for young men, but the need for a YWCA is far more imperative. Flint’s young women have nothing. Someone should take it up and make it a reality…that is, provide a place for the girls of the city to go and meet and learn and enjoy themselves.” 

So, as Nina Mills sat at her desk writing letters one day, she took out a blank sheet of paper and drafted a petition. Ms. Mills was a member of the Board of Directors of the Flint YWCA until 1913. 

 

Excerpt from “She had a Dream:  A History of the YWCA of Greater Flint” by Vivien Ingram

In-kind Donations

The YWCA Greater Flint is happy to accept in-kind donations to assist our clients and keep expenses down so we can focus on essential programming.  Many individuals escaping violent and/or life-threatening home situations come to us with little personal possessions.  We provide residential and non-residential clients with basic essentials, such as the items on our Wish List.

 

Wish List

  • Gas cards

  • $10 general gift cards (Visa, Mastercard)

  • Body wash, deodorant (women & men)

  • Hair care products (for multi-culture hair), lotion

  • Hair supplies, shampoo, and conditioner

  • Towels (wash cloths and bath)

  • Onesies and pajamas (newborn -24mths)

  • Diapers/Pull-ups (all sizes)

  • Baby wipes

  • Bottles and formula

  • Pacifiers

  • Baby body wash, lotion and shampoo

  • New (unused)underwear and bras for adults, youth and children

  • New or gentle use scrubs (all sizes)

  • Pajamas and robes

 

If you would like to make an in-kind donation, please contact our main line at 810-238-7621 to confirm what items we are accepting as this changes from season to season.

 

We do not accept used clothing due to limited storage space.

Annual Event Sponsorship

Each fall, the YWCA Greater Flint hosts its annual fund-raiser, Circle Lunch.  This event attracts between 300 – 400 attendees and features a well-known speaker who focuses on the topics of women’s empowerment, intimate partner violence and/or racial justice.

 

Circle Lunch Sponsorship is a wonderful way for companies and organizations to publicly demonstrate their support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  The funds raised from this event support our keys program areas including the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program and the newly established Women’s Empowerment Center.

Please contact Theresa Hurley, Development Director at thurley@ywcaflint.org if you are interested in becoming a Circle Lunch sponsor.

 

Volunteer

Throughout the year, there are various ways one can volunteer by offering their time or expertise. Opportunities are listed below.  Please contact Michelle Rosynsky at mrosynsky@ywcaflint.org if you are interested in serving on a committee or providing a workshop or session for women or girls as part of a Women's Empowerment.

 

Committees or campaigns

  • Circle Lunch Planning Committee

  • YWomen Vote Campaign

  • Until Justice Just Is Campaign

Workshop facilitation or presentation

  • Budgeting and financial planning

  • Women’s wellness and health

  • Career planning and resume writing

  • Self-esteem and empowerment

 

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