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The Young Women’s Resource Center fills its calendar with events. With as many programs as we provide, there’s always something going on that furthers our mission to support girls and young women in the community through engagement, learning and entertainment, including our three signature fundraisers: Celebrity Servers Night, Fun in the Sun and the YWRC Gala (formerly known as Sit On It!).

40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary! Founded in 1978,  the YWRC has been a steady source of support, encouragement and education for girls and young women throughout Greater Des Moines for 40 years.

We’ve organized a series of 12 events to help us reflect on where we’ve been, where we are now and where we may be in the next 40 years. We hope you’ll join us!

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Celebrity Servers

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at Centro or Django Restaurants. Local celebrities and experienced servers treated guests to  an evening of food, fun and fundraising. 2019 details coming soon.


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The YWRC Gala, to be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 ,  is a fun, meaningful way to show support for girls and young women throughout Greater Des Moines while spending time with your fellow community members. The evening includes a delicious dinner, silent and live auctions, wine pull and program.

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Fun in the Sun

The Young Empowerment Partnership of the YWRC hosted the 6th Annual Fun in the Sun event at Jasper Winery on  Sunday, June 24th, 2018. Guests of all ages enjoyed lawn games, live music, raffle, refreshments and more as we kicked off summer!

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PCWA Basket Auction

The Polk County Women Attorneys (PCWA) will host the 17th annual Basket Auction, a fundraiser to benefit the YWRC, on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  PCWA is a professional networking organization of female attorneys in Polk County, Iowa that began as a mentoring group for new attorneys and has evolved into a lifelong association.

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