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Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Vaia

Volunteers play a critical role in the success of our organization. This month, we are excited to feature one of our most steadfast, dedicated and genuinely kind volunteers, Frank Vaia. When asked what his favorite volunteer role has been, Frank said, “Co-chairing Celebrity Servers Night with wonderful partners and the YWRC staff support. We clicked.” […]

A Note from Kari

Dear friends, I know I am not alone in the anxiousness of anticipating the end of this year and welcoming 2021. However, I have been challenged to find moments of stillness to process and reflect on the lessons 2020 provided. First, I want to deeply thank all of the front-line medical staff, essential workers and anti-racist […]

Board Spotlight: Lora McCollom

As we round out the calendar year, we are taking a moment to spotlight our current Board of Directors President, Lora McCollom. Lora had been a supporter of the YWRC for a long time when former board member Bruce Buchanan asked about her interest to join during the 2016 gala event. Her very strong belief […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrity Servers

This month we are honoring the 28 community members who made up our 2020 Celebrity Servers Night: Home Edition team. These individuals volunteered to rally their networks in support of our participants and virtually host guests as part of our online celebration. Special shout out goes to our event co-chairs, Diane Rasmussen and Frank Vaia, […]

Supporter Spotlight: Tera Hamann

Tera Hamann is a vital part of the our community and we are excited to celebrate her this month! Tera has been with Broadlawns Medical Center for three years as an OB floor nurse and lactation consultant. Her plan when she was hired was to build a much needed lactation program to help increase access […]

Summer Club Share

Irma, Empowerment Specialist, shares what it’s been like to participate in two of our Summer Program Clubs: Mind + Movement and Mariposa. This spring, the YWRC Empowerment Team moved quickly to adapt our traditional Summer Programs into interest-based virtual clubs so participants could continue to learn, connect and build community. With several weeks of Summer […]

A Letter from our Director

Dear Friends, What a time this has been. What a time. I find myself repeating that phrase often. On one end it is greeted with a breath of air that means, “Finally. Finally we are coming together to speak out against inequality and racial injustice.” However, it is followed by heartache to know that we […]

Donor Spotlight: Variety – the Children’s Charity

This month we are pleased to highlight one of our steadfast supporters, Variety – the Children’s Charity. With the support of funding from Variety – the Children’s Charity, the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) Empowerment Program has been able to provide tools for local girls and young women to continue building their resilience at home […]

Tips for Consent and Choosing a Healthcare Provider

Empowering clients to self-advocate is a key part of being a YWRC doula. Working on birth plans, providing information about their rights during birth, and talking through options with clients are ways we help them prepare for conversations with healthcare providers. As part of Black Maternal Health Week, our doulas wanted to share a few […]

Supporter Spotlight: Rachael Jackson

This month we are spotlighting a supporter who has been involved with the YWRC in a variety of ways for the past four years: Rachael Jackson! Rachael is the Community Access Education Manager at the Des Moines Art Center and has helped connect our participants with truly unique experiences. One example was a create-your-own-superhero activity […]