On May 1, 2017, I started working for YWCA Lake County. No not YMCA and yes, there is a YWCA in Lake County.
YWCA Lake County is a non-profit organization working to eliminate racism and empower women across all 52 municipalities in Lake County. We provide a number of resources and services such as assisting parents who need help finding and paying for childcare, to providing free mammograms, to offering training in entrepreneurship.
The importance of the work we do at YWCA Lake County never ceases to escape me for reasons that arrive each day with the 5 o’clock news. Every day the world seems to be filled with more hate than love, more greed than giving, and more negatives than positives. I go to work and I see so many of my co-works give of themselves to change lives in my community and it gives me hope for the future.
So yes, YWCA Lake County is still here! We are still here because women still get paid 78 cents for every dollar a white male receives, with Black women receiving 60 cents and Latino women receiving 54 cents. We are still here because 42% of children under the age of 5 live in a childcare desert*. We are still here because hate crimes were decreasing in 2013, but have been on the rise since 2015. We are still here because Black and Latino students are 2x more likely to not graduate high school than white students.
So when you think there is no hope in the world and no one cares about you and your community. YWCA Lake County cares about you and has played a great part in supporting this community for the last 96 years, and will continue to strive for its betterment, strength, and continued growth because this community may have forgotten about us, but we have not forgotten about them!
*childcare desert?—?defined as a ZIP code with at least 30 children under the age of 5 and either no child care centers or so few centers that there are more than three times as many children under age 5 as there are spaces in centers (read more…)
Author: Shannon Bonds