The YWCA of Greater Lawrence – A Voice for Women & Girls
  • YWCA inspires confident in women

  • Our Annual Appeal is underway! See how you can impact a woman and child.

  • The YWCA encourages girls of all ages to explore their interests, try new activities, strengthen their creative abilities and academic performance.

  • The YWCA serves children ages 1 month to 12 years in numerous age-appropriate programs in our Early Learning Center.

  • YWCA Camp Y-Wood offers kids 5 - 14 lots of summer fun!

The YWCA of Greater Lawrence was founded in 1892 to provide safe housing, job training and support to women moving from rural communities and overseas to work in area mills and shops. Today, we serve more than 15,000 women, children and families from throughout the Merrimack Valley and Essex County every year. We are an affiliate of the YWCA USA, the nation’s oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization working for social and economic change.


The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.



Women’s Health Advocacy

With a focus on removing barriers to affordable, quality health care, our Women’s Health Advocacy Services program has been working to help women and families access vital health services since 1993.
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After School Programs

The YWCA provides a safe, enriching and fun environment year-round for children ages 5 to 14 at four sites, including at three sites in Lawrence and at YWCA Haverhill in Haverhill.
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DV, SA and Housing Services

We provide crucial  support and transitional housing to domestic and/or sexual violence survivors and homeless teen moms and their families, while also offering comprehensive services to survivors of all ages of abuse and violence.
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Early Learning Center

Our award-winning Early Learning Center offers affordable, literacy-enriched child care focusing on building a strong educational foundation for infants and toddlers aged 1 month to 5 years.
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Recent News & Events

Annual Appeal Underway!

As a social change organization dedicated to providing tools, skills and opportunities for women, our Annual Appeal is now underway to raise the critical funds needed to ensure our robust programs continue.  See how you can lend a hand up to women and children in our community.
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SLK Scholarship Award

Each June, the YWCA along with the Women’s Leadership Network of Alcatel-Lucent awards a $3,000 scholarship to a deserving female high school graduate who has been accepted at an accredited U.S. college and who plans on studying engineering or a science discipline.  Read More

Moving Beyond DV

Watch ‘Breaking the Cycle‘ and learn how YW programs work together to help prevent and deal with domestic violence; and watch ‘Leidy’s Story‘ about one woman’s journey to escape domestic violence and move toward economic independence and hope.
Breaking the Cycle
Leidy’s Story