History

  1. 1902

    Charlotte YWCA is established by Mrs. W.S. Liddell, Mrs. W.O. Nisbett and Mrs. F.C. Abbott. Leaders in the women’s suffrage movement, all three women serve as president until 1920.

  2. 1909

    YWCA’s first mission is to meet the needs of women who move into the city to work in textile mills. YWCA’s location on West Fifth Street provides housing for 12 women and includes recreational and educational programs. By 1911, classes develop into a night school.

  3. 1914

    YWCA moves to East Trade Street. Further opportunities are created for women to learn about law, city government, banking, nursing and sales. Later, an employment bureau for women is established.

  4. 1917

    YWCA creates the Business Women’s Employment Council to assist women in their work efforts during WWI. YWCA opens Charlotte’s first childcare center at Highland Park Mill.

    The Phyllis Wheatly branch of the YWCA is established for African American women and girls and is one of the first YWCA branches for African Americans in the U.S.

  1. 1922

    YWCA’s first swimming pool was built at the East Trade Street facility.

  2. 1930’s

    In light of the Great Depression, YWCA offers unemployment counseling, a job bank and areas where women can practice typing.

  3. 1940’s

    After WWII, the YWCA arranges for vocational counseling and employment fairs for women who might become unemployed.

  4. 1964

    After school and summer enrichment programs are established for children whose families receive public assistance. Efforts are made to include additional federally funded childcare.

    The Phyllis Wheatly branch merges with the general YWCA.

  1. 1965

    Our new, de-segregated, facility opens at 3420 Park Road and includes: housing for 66 women, a kitchen, indoor pool, exercise and meeting areas, lighted tennis courts and corporate offices.

  2. 1977

    A full-size gymnasium is added to the YWCA’s exercise facility.

  3. 1996

    The Women in Transition (WIT) program is transformed with the addition of assessment, supportive services, workshops and a computer resource center.

  4. 2000

    The Fitness center and administrative offices at Park Road are renovated and updated for a new era.

  1. 2006

    YWCA begins construction of Families Together (FT), a transitional housing program for homeless families with children under the age of 18. FT opens its doors in 2008.

  2. 2012

    YWCA Central Carolinas celebrates its 110th Anniversary!

  3. 2017

    YWCA’s gym begins a $1.1 million renovation of its locker rooms, bathrooms and workout space to better serve the community.

  4. Today

    YWCA remains at the forefront of racial justice, empowering women and promoting peace, freedom and dignity for all people no matter their background or circumstance.