Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month celebrates the vibrant and diverse cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the United States and raises awareness of their ongoing fight for sovereignty and justice.  

Our mission to eliminate racism and empower women means that we work toward right relationships with Native Peoples. YWCA Boulder County acknowledges that the land we live on today is the unceded territory of Hinóno'éí (Arapaho), Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), and Nuciu (Ute) nations. 

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we have added additional resources to our Land Acknowledgment page, including educational resources and links to local and national Indigenous activist organizations.
STEM E3 Recap
Longmont Sister Cities Event 
Last month, YWCA Boulder County and our STEM E3 program students attended the City of Longmont and Northern Arapaho Sister City Signing Ceremony. The historic event celebrated the new sister city relationship between Longmont and the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming. It was a great event!

STEM E3 Jam Session: Introduction to STEM Career Opportunities and Coding Skills
In October, YWCA Boulder County hosted a free STEM coding program in partnership with the Innovation Center in Longmont. St. Vrain Valley middle school students had the opportunity to learn how to code, meet and ask questions of successful professionals in diverse STEM fields, and explore the Innovation Center.

STEM E3 Cohort Program: Deepening Skills and Understanding in STEM and Coding
Last week, 24 fifth – eighth grade girls started a seven-week program to deepen their knowledge and skills in coding and further explore STEM professions. At the end of the session, the girls will each receive their own Chrome book for completing the course.
Volunteers Needed - Reading to End Racism
Nov. 18 at Douglass Elementary
We are looking for several more volunteers to read to classrooms at Douglass Elementary next week on Thursday, Nov. 18. Sign up today!

Volunteers need to have attended the August RER Volunteer training in order to volunteer.
Month of Giving Back - How to Get Involved
Colorado Gives Day - Dec. 7 - Schedule your gift today!
Schedule your gift to YWCA Boulder County for Colorado Gives Day today! Plus, nonprofits that get a scheduled donation are eligible for a random prize drawing each week beginning Nov. 1. Scheduled donations must be made by donors on the site by 11:59 PM on the Friday each week between Nov. 1 and Dec. 3 to be eligible. Any scheduled donation for Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7 counts! (5 prizes at $2,000 each).

Schedule your gift today: www.coloradogives.org/ywcaboulder/
Join our 2022 Gala Committee
Planning for our 2022 annual Gala is in full swing! We will be celebrating YWCA Boulder County's 100 year anniversary and have lots of fun plans in the works. If you would like to help us with event planning, corporate sponsor outreach and more, please contact Robyn Hazlitt at: rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org.
Join our Advocacy Committee
We have also kicked off our 2021-2022 Advocacy Committee and have big plans in the works to advocate for women, children and people of color on the local, state and national levels. If you would like to get involved, please contact Debbie Pope at: dpope@ywcaboulder.org.
Join our Persimmon Giving Tree Gift Drive
Giving season is upon us and we hope you'll join our Persimmon Giving Tree Gift Drive! This year we've partnered with The Greenbriar Inn for our annual community program that provides gifts to families who could use a little extra help with holiday gifts.
Sign Up Children to RECEIVE Gifts
To sign up children to RECEIVE gifts, please click the button below and complete a form for each child you’d like to register (you will need to submit a new form for each child).

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Please register your child(ren) before Monday, Nov. 29. We cannot guarantee gifts for any registrants submitted after 11/29.

  • The maximum age for children to participate in the gift drive is 12 years old.

If you have any questions, please contact Celina Hernandez at chernandez@ywcaboulder.org.

Thank you, and we hope this helps brighten your holidays as well as the holidays of many children and families in our community!
Sign Up PURCHASE Gifts to Donate
To sign up as a DONOR to purchase gifts for a family, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you soon with information on how to select the child(ren) you’d like to purchase gifts for, as well as information such as their needs, wants and clothing sizes.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Donors should expect to spend around $50 per child.

  • Please wrap all gifts with the tag number clearly written on the wrapping paper on the bottom of each gift.

Thank you for making this Holiday Season a little brighter for these families and children!

If you have any questions, please contact Celina Hernandez at chernandez@ywcaboulder.org or 303-449-1951.
YWCA Boulder County strives to be inclusive of all. If you need accommodations or assistance in your preferred language, please don’t hesitate to contact Celina Hernandez at chernandez@ywcaboulder.org or 303-443-0419. We are happy to help!

YWCA Boulder County se esfuerza por incluir a todos. Si necesita adaptaciones o asistencia en su idioma preferido, no dude en ponerse en contacto con Celina Hernandez a chernandez@ywcaboulder.org o 303-433-0419. Estamos para servir.
Celebrating Women Newly Elected to Office
Congratulations to the 21 women newly elected to office in Boulder County!
Another election is in the history books and we congratulate all the women and people of color who ran for office and those newly elected to office!
Congratulations Shiquita Yarbrough
Congratulations to our very own Director of Community Engagement & Equity, Shiquita Yarbrough, on being elected to Longmont City Council! 

This historic win is especially notable as Shiquita is the first Black person elected to serve on Longmont City Council, which nearly 100 years ago was controlled by members of the KKK.

We look forward to watching Shiquita lead in Longmont!
Persimmon Infant Development Center Dedication
On October 24th, we dedicated our Infant Development Center as Rose and Olivia's Place in recognition of a generous gift that Mark Bouzek and Deb Parks made in honor of Mark's late mother, Rose Bouzek, and their grand daughter Olivia Rose Bouzek. We are so grateful to Mark and Deb for their dedication to YWCA Boulder County and our work providing high-quality, affordable child care for our community.
Funder Highlight: Community Foundation Boulder County
Both our Latina Achievement Support (LAS) Program and Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA were generously funded through 2021 Community Trust grants from Community Foundation Boulder County. YWCA is very grateful for this ongoing support.

"YWCA Boulder County, like so many nonprofit organizations in Boulder County, has worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to support our community’s needs and address inequities. It is our honor and privilege to continue to partner with the YWCA to build a more equitable Boulder County.”
-Lisa Moreno, Vice President of Programs, Community Foundation Boulder County.
Make a Lasting Gift and Help Shape a Future of Positive Change
Consider a Bequest or Deferred Gift to YWCA Boulder County

Donors who wish to create an enduring legacy often choose deferred giving to provide continued support to causes and nonprofits important to them. YWCA Boulder County’s mission includes eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting dignity for all. This is work with long-lasting impact. By including YWCA Boulder County in your will/trust or as a beneficiary of life insurance policies, IRA accounts and other assets, you can help sustain YWCA’s work into the future. There are many ways to make a planned or deferred gift and we invite you to reach out to us for more information. It’s easier than you may think! Please also contact us about an existing bequest or planned gift as it allows us to thank and recognize you for your generous plans.

To learn more, please contact Program Officer, Grants & Planned Giving, Lisa Gills, at: lgills@ywcaboulder.org.
Persimmon Early Learning - Enrolling Now!
Persimmon Early Learning is enrolling for traditional/permanent child care slots for children eight weeks to six years.

Start the enrollment process today to secure spots for permanent care!

  • Small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios
  • Experiential, play-based program with Storybook Journey curriculum that supports child-led interests and child development
  • Colorado Shines Level 4 rating
  • Highly qualified teaching team works to strengthen all areas of child growth and pre-academic skills including: social-emotional, gross and fine motor, early literacy, STEM, and social studies
  • Twice-yearly parent/teacher conferences and daily communication
  • Daily Active Play, Movement, and Nutrition Lessons with our Wellness Coordinator
  • Healthy snacks and meals prepared daily on-site by our Nutrition Coordinator
  • Certified HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) and Breastfeeding Friendly Program

To schedule a virtual Parent Tour for Persimmon Early Learning, or to begin the enrollment process for your child, please visit our website to fill out an Interest Form. We will follow up with you with tour dates and times.

For additional questions, please email Celina Hernandez at: chernandez@ywcaboulder.org.
Sign up for Persimmon Grove - Our Parent eNews
Once a quarter we bring our Persimmon Early Learning classrooms to you with Persimmon Grove, our eNews for parents. Hear what each classroom has been focused on, and learn nutrition and wellness tips, too!
Staff Highlight: Robyn Hazlitt
What’s your title?
Director, Marketing and Events

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
May 2019

What do you do at the YWCA?
I lead the Marketing team and work closely with the Development team to spread the word about the great work YWCA Boulder County does in our community. My team creates strategic and meaningful communications and events to educate our community, engage our supporters and fuel our programs and services.

What's your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County? 
I love the intersection of the YWCA’s work – eliminating racism and empowering women. Both racism and sexism are still huge issues in our society and I’m honored to work with so many smart, strong and passionate women at YWCA Boulder County to provide the important services and make the positive change our community needs.

What is something people may not know about you?
I love learning new hobbies and most recently have been dabbling in blacksmithing and metalwork.

*Photo Credit Poppy & Co.
We're Hiring!

The Director, Individual Giving & Grants provides innovative and strategic leadership, oversight and execution of revenue growth through multiple channels including individual giving and the grants/planned giving programs. The Director, Individual Giving & Grants will have primary responsibility for leading the organization’s annual giving efforts by setting strategy and executing fundraising plans for our individual giving program. This seasoned engagement professional will leverage the powerful brand of YWCA Boulder County as a member of the leadership team, regular connectivity and voice with the Board of Directors, and managing one FTE staff, portfolio of donors, and community influencers. This is a full-time, flexible schedule position (40 hours per week).
Persimmon Early Learning Early Education Teachers
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers - Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. $2,000 signing bonus, small class sizes, and great benefits! 

Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA offers high-quality, affordable child care, and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. It provides a nurturing, creative space for children to learn and grow in redesigned and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. The program emphasizes parent engagement and education, health equity through scheduled activities and active play time, and good nutrition modeling and activities including diverse and healthy meal plan.

Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information.

For additional info, email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Share Your Story
Have you, your child or someone you know benefited from a YWCA program or service?

We love sharing personal stories and testimonials with grant funders, donors and in our communications with the community. Please contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org to share your story or testimonial.
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

  • Mon. - Fri., Nov. 22 - 26 - November Recess. YWCA offices and classrooms closed.

Community Events

  • Thurs., Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m. - Boulder's Fort Chambers Story: A Presentation by Right Relationship Boulder.
  • The City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department is considering how to protect and develop the site of Fort Chambers, one of the staging grounds for the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre where 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were killed. Right Relationship Boulder is advocating for Cheyenne and Arapaho people to determine how this history should be memorialized at the Fort Chambers OSMP site. Presented by: The Land Working Group of Right Relationship Boulder (RRB). 
Did you know?
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning!
Thank YOU for your support!

Our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you, who support our programs and services.

Contact us to learn more about donating stock or other assets, donating through your employers giving program or becoming an event sponsor.
Non-cash Ways to Support the YWCA

  • Give from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Sign up for King Soopers Community Rewards and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Donate your vehicle to YWCA Boulder County through Vehicles for Charity
  • Buy items from our Amazon Wishlist and ship them directly to our office
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