Thank you for considering a gift to YWCA Toronto. Our work depends on donations from people who share our commitment to transforming the lives of marginalized and disadvantaged women and girls in our community.
Together we served over 11,000 women and children in Toronto last year. Below you can find out more about the programs that need your help.
With support from donors like you, the Adopt-a-Family program has been providing gift cards to families since 2007. The gift cards have meant that families could make their own purchases, according to their own traditions and needs.
We purchase the gift cards on your behalf and you will receive a heartfelt thank you note from a family you are helping and a tax receipt for your much needed contribution.
View our Adopt-a-Family catalogue and help us make this holiday special for women and children.
Neha Trivedi, Annual Giving Officer
Winona’s Place is YWCA Toronto’s supportive permanent housing program for Aboriginal women and their children. Fifty housing units within Elm Centre are dedicated to families of Aboriginal origin with priority given to women fleeing violence.
For information on our Winona's Place Safety Project please click here.
YWCA Toronto December 6 Fund
The YWCA Toronto December 6 Fund provides interest-free loans to women fleeing violence. We help women establish themselves and their children in safety. Women use loans to pay rent and bills, buy furniture or cover other expenses such as changing locks or moving costs.
YWCA Toronto is proud of the 2014/15 Ruby Million Match – a $1,000,000 commitment from the Ruby family to match donations to the YWCA Toronto December 6 Fund. The Ruby Million Match has made it possible for YWCA Toronto to achieve the important milestone of reducing the Fund’s dependence on one-time grants and stabilizing the operations of the Fund. YWCA Toronto is also now able to provide larger loans of up to $1,000 to more women.
Our Women's Shelters
YWCA Toronto’s Shelter programs provide a wide array of supports to women needing emergency shelter including support for women fleeing violence. The shelters operate with a trauma-informed approached and are managed with a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in education, employment, mental health, addictions, housing, supportive counselling, and immigration and refugee law.
YWCA offers girls their own space where they can talk, explore, dream and plan. We provide girls and young women with a safe and fun space to develop leadership skills and try new things. Caring staff offer girls and young women counselling, settlement services, help with school, career support, parenting support and lots of fun activities.