Spotlight on Three Women Focused Local Nonprofits

On Tuesday the PCNRC blog posted about the importance of nonprofits working together when organizing and executing a large event like the Women’s March on Washington. This post highlights a few of the national nonprofits who worked to make the March possible and feature their local chapters here in the Northeast Indiana region.

Fort Wayne Urban League

“The Fort Wayne Urbanurban-league League empowers individuals to move toward greater independence and self-sufficiency by providing mentoring education, support and advocacy as well as securing civil rights.”

This local group was founded in 1920 by a group of “forward-thinking Fort Wayne African Americans” who realized the need for an organization to support their new communities as more folks moved from the South to Northern locations. While it started as the Fort Wayne Community Association, in 1948 it became officially known as a chapter of the Urban League and the name changed to recognize that.

The Fort Wayne Urban League provides youth and education services, employment and training services, economic development, and an advocacy program. Their most recent project is the BUILD program which helps people find careers in construction trades.

Northeast Indiana YWCA

“YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Mission is to elimYWCAinate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley Counties.”

This local chapter was founded in 1894 with the intention of creating a “a safe place for working women to meet”. Over the past 100+ years the Northeast Indiana YWCA has accomplished many firsts for the area. They supported women’s physical health by building the first swimming pool, offered the first Black History class, and opened the first shelter for women fighting abuse.

The Northeast Indiana YWCA provides domestic violence services, addiction services, education services, economic empowerment, and racial justice through their programming. One of their upcoming events includes their Diversity Dialogues series which will take place on February 22nd and will focus on “Celebrating Fort Wayne’s Black History”.

Fort Wayne League of Women Voters

“The League of Women league-of-women-votersVoters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy at the three levels of government: local, state, and national.”

The national League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 while the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention was taking place.

You can find the local chapter around town helping Allen County citizens register to vote as well as working with other local nonprofit organizations to promote the inclusion of women’s issues and representation in politics. Look out for an upcoming event when the Fort Wayne League of Women Voters will be working with Cinema Center for one of the screenings during the Fiercely Feminist Film series in March.

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