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

  • The YWCA is a place to turn for so many women and their families who need a helping hand.

  • 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 3 months to 14 years in numerous age-appropriate programs within our Youth Services programs.

  • 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 3 months to 5 years.
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Recent News & Events

Tribute to Women

Our 34th annual YWCA Tribute to Women awards luncheon held at the Andover Country Club was once-again a special event attended by over 440 guests to celebrate the accomplishments of 22 remarkable women from the Merrimack Valley.
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What is the YWCA About?

View one or all four of our short videos to learn about the work and impressive impact we have in our seven site locations.  While each video showcases specific programs, all speak to our mission of helping to empower women, eliminate racism and work toward peace, justice, dignity and freedom for all.
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Camp Y-Wood

Summer camp sessions begin soon at our nearby Salem, NH camp location site.  A fun, relaxing environment where kids can be kids and learn to swim, boat, hike and discover themselves in a beautiful, natural setting.  Complete information and all details are available, so check it out!  For kids age 5 through 13.
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