YWCA Quincy News

Racial Justice Video Series

The YWCA will be hosting a Racial Justice video series, a symposium for all people. The event will be held December 13th at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center, located at 639 York Street from 6:30pm-8:00pm in classroom 2. It is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the event is to educate and raise awareness of the institution of racism. The night will include the film "Keeping One's Place" by Ridgely Pierson. Ridgely was born in 1935 and grew up in Quincy. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1957, and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1959. He later returned to Quincy and was an instructor at Quincy University. He was passionate about social justice in his community. Keeping One's Place is a moving recollection of his boyhood experiences with racism in the pre-civil rights era in Quincy and his experiences as a man in the post-civil rights era in Quincy.

 

For more information about this event, contact the YWCA office at (217) 221-9922 or ywca@ywcaquincy.org.

Opened in 1905, the Quincy YWCA has a long history. Being at first a social club, they are now focused on social services. The YWCA aims to empower women and eliminate racism. Their programs include a supportive housing program which has served 114 women and 238 children in the past eight years. For more information about the YWCA, please call (217) 221-9922.



Human Rights Commission Announces Community Project

Racism affects every community and every person’s quality of life. We need to face racism head-on in order to have healthy communities and a strong country. In light of this, the Human Rights Commission is announcing their newest Study Circles project. The project called “Many Voices, One Goal,” has the goal to bring people of every race together who otherwise would not have met. This is a community-wide effort to deal with the issue of race, ethnicity and equality in our community. Study Circles will be starting on February 20th and ending on March 31st, with seven possible sessions at the same time and location for six consecutive weeks.

A Study Circle is a group of 8 to 10 people meeting together for honest and helpful dialogue. The discussion will be led by a pair of trained facilitators, using discussion materials from the Study Circle Resource Center. Study Circles have and can continue to help people from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds examine the gaps among racial and ethnic groups where we live, explore approaches to creating greater equity, and create lasting change in our community. Registration for this event is mandatory and due February 10th to sgoodwin1970@gmail.com.

If you would like to participate in this project, groups will be meeting Mondays at 6:30pm at Christ Lutheran Church (333 S. 36th Street), Tuesdays at 11:30am at the Quincy Public Library (526 Jersey Street), Wednesdays at 3:30pm at the Senior Center (639 York Street), Thursdays at 1:00pm at the Crossing (929 Monroe) and at 6:30pm at Washington Perk (428 Maine Street), Saturday at 9:30am at Blessing Hospital and Saturday at 12:00pm at Youth Circle/QHS-QU. For more information about Study Circles, contact Susan Goodwin at 217-653-8815.

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Wear Jeans On Friday

Thank you People's Prosperity Bank

Employees of People's Prosperity Bank participated in a “Wear Jeans on Friday” campaign and donated the money to YWCA. The money will be used to address some health and wellness needs of a child in our supportive housing program who is struggling with cancer and other medical problems



Whig Article

Check out this article about the Quincy YWCA.

http://www.whig.com/story/27818251/ywcas-main-focus-now-on-homelessness


Racial Justice Video Series

Human Rights Commission Announces Community Project

Wear Jeans On Friday

Whig Article