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About Us

Since 1905, YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo has provided essential programs for women and children. Today, we provide programs in the areas of childcare, youth recreation, emergency and supportive housing for women, and prison-based counseling, speaking out on issues that affect women and families.

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo is a community-based, charitable organization and are governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. We are a member association of YWCA Canada, the largest women's multi-service organization in Canada.

Our annual operating budget is approximately $7 million dollars. Revenue sources include program (60%), grants (20%), United Way (4%), donations and special events (5%) and investment income (3%). Expenses include salaries and benefits (78%), occupancy costs (11%), program costs (6%), office and administration (4%).

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo has approximately 180 staff. Most, 65%, work in our Children's Services Department. 25% work in our Women's Services Department and 10% work in support departments including Administration, Finance, Philanthropy, Human Resources and Communications.