What We Do

YWCA McLean County is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1908 as a member of the national YWCA, an autonomous women’s movement. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic, and economic groups. YWCA provides leadership in our community, nation, and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
YWCA McLean County fulfills this mission by offering the following programs:
  • Stepping Stones provides free, confidential 24-hour assistance for sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and their families in McLean County. This service is the central sexual assault resource and referral agency in the county. Services focus on empowering survivors, their families, and their friends on the path of healing; building relationships with professionals and agencies that will be part of the process; and educating the community about sexual assault. In 2011, Stepping Stones introduced their newest program, Girls Be U. Girls Be U is a teen girl leadership and empowerment program for high schools girls with high potential and low opportunity.
  • The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that enables older Americans to apply their life experiences to community needs through volunteerism. RSVP matches 800 individuals age 55 and older with 90+ local not-for-profits including hospitals, museums, schools, child welfare programs, homeless shelters, thrift stores, food pantries, museums and local government. In 2011, RSVP introduced a new mentoring program, Smart Sprouts. Smart Sprouts enables adult mentors to work one-on-one or in small groups with elementary aged students in 17 different locations throughout McLean County including schools from District 87, Unit 5 and various community centers. RSVP also hosts the Illinois Department of Insurance’s program, SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) that offers free counseling on Medicare.
  • Home Care Services provides a variety of in-home services to help seniors remain independent in their homes. Home Care Aides meet regularly with their clients to provide household tasks including laundry, meal preparation, light house cleaning, medication reminders, personal care and transportation errands. Home Care Aides serve over 300 older adult clients annually.
  • Transportation - Medivan provides rides to and from doctor appointments or home from hospital stays when public transportation is inaccessible. Wheels to Work provides rides to work on Sundays when public transportation is unavailable. Collectively, YWCA Transportation provides over 7,000 individual trips and assist over 300 clients each year.
  • Child Care provides service to 700 children annually. Year-round childcare and preschool is provided at the Hershey Road location and includes a Hershey Child Care collaboration with Heartland Head Start to offer economically disadvantaged families a nurturing environment that stimulates growth and education.
  • Before & After School Child Care is offered at eight area elementary schools, providing before-and after-school activities and childcare for school children up to age 12. The Before & After School program also offers a themed summer camp between June and August.
  • Hallmark programming and events include annual Peace Camps, Week Without Violence Luncheons, Women’s Empowerment Parties, Money Smart Week and a Humanity Summit. YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism including policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination. YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination based on race and gender, and empower women and eliminate racism.


During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, YWCA McLean County:

- Served 181 victims through Stepping Stones

- Served 724 children in a variety of Child Care programs

- Mentored 175 elementary aged students through Smart Sprouts

- Provided 41,983 hours of service in Home Care

- Provided 1,258 rides through Wheels to Work

- Provided 5,573 rides through Medivan

- Supported 96 not-for-profit agencies through RSVP

- Held 360 free Medicare counseling sessions