San Francisco Women's Centers

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, Women

Location: 3543 18th St #8 San Francisco CA 94110 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide women and girls with access to tools and resources to achieve full and equal participation in society. We remain committed to this mission because, despite many social and political advances for women and girls, we know that women still face unique social, personal and political barriers as they strive to lead safe, healthy, economically secure, creative and joyous lives. Thus, we welcome all women and girls to this vibrant community center.
Results: We have been able to keep our bi-lingual programs and services strong despite the tough economy. Our Community Resource Room has seen an increase in the number of women and their families looking for services, especially our Job Search Assistance Program and our Food Pantry for Immigrants. Both of these programs have seen a 30% or more increase in need. We have added programs, like ESL classes and Wellness workshops, including Healthy Cooking classes and exercise classes; All of these classes are so that women can take charge of their lives and those of their families. Our Building continues to be full with 11 other nonprofits that serve the needs of women and girls. This includes domestic violence services, advocacy and activism, after-school programs and volunteer opportunities. Our 32nd Annual Celebration of Craftswomen again attracted thousands to Fort Mason, to enjoy and purchase one-of-a-kind crafts from hundreds of craftswomen. In addition, this year we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the structure that houses The Women's Building. We were delighted to have Flyaway Productions dance off the side of the building for two weekends of stunning aerial dancing. We look forward to another year of responding and providing services to our community and also to celebrating the accomplishments of women, especially artists.
Target demographics: Women, girls and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of womena nd their families use the wide variety of services all located in one building.
Programs: The Women's Building's programs focus on the personal, the community and the political: - Services to increase Economic Security, - Building Community through the celebration of women artists and their work, - Promoting Social Change to increase women's status and power through educational events, support of women's issues and coalition building. Our Community Resource Room provides critical bi-lingual connections to resources for employment, housing, health care, domestic violence, childcare and parenting, sexual harassment, and legal services. We place particular emphasis on serving the needs of very low- income women, such as homeless women and those at-risk of being homeless, the unemployed and the underemployed. The Women's Building is also home to 11 diverse community groups that offer services across a broad spectrum of issues affecting women and children. And to our larger community, we provide affordable one-time or ongoing meeting and event space supporting cultural events, educational forums, advocacy meetings, and support groups. In the spirit of our vibrant, four-story mural, we also support women artists. Each year, TWB sponsors the country's largest juried women's crafts fair each year, the Celebration of Craftswomen. Over 140 women artisans are featured and the fair attracts over 8,000 people each year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building is important because it serves the community directly with: job search assistance, providing food, tax and legal advice, affordable event space, and offers resources and referrals for everything from shelters to childcare. It provides women with an opportunity to become leaders in their communities by offering the necessary tools and resources. it also serves as a historical landmark that attracts people from all over to see its beautiful mural. I'm proud to serve as a board member for this amazing organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I'm honored to be a board member at this important and historically significant organization. The Women's Building is known for its incredibly beautiful structure and location in the Mission District. I invite anyone and everyone: women, men, children, families, and individuals of any economic or racial background to step inside The Women's Building. From tax prep and legal assistance to food to yoga and dance classes to artist's events to rental space, there is something for everyone in a safe, gorgeous, and welcoming environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its capacity to serve as a community gathering place and activist organization.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building is a vital component of the Mission neighborhood and beyond. It serves the needs of many people by providing basic training and resources. The staff is dedicated to making sure every man, woman and child has the tools they need to be successful at home and in the workplace. The Building is also a beautiful landmark reminding us of the neighborhood's legacy and inspiring hope for the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the operating budget to assist more people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Hey, the SF Women's Centers provide a really good umbrella org and space for a whole bunch of efforts that help people. I'm particularly interested in and supportive of their community computer lab, which helps people connect to find their own voice, and to get everyday stuff done, like finding a job.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The folks at The Women's Building are doing great work to help out women and girls in need. It's a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-service center for women and girls in the Mission district in SF.

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I've heard really great first-hand accounts of the good work being done from folks on my team who have toured the Building, met with the staff and community using their services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them spread the word about the wonderful and needed services they offer to the community. Such as food bank distribution, computer skills classes and a community center that is really a great place for folks to come together, learn from each other and give each other a break.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The women's building offers so many different services for the women of our community! They offer everything such as lawyer services, help with tax preparation, healing workshops, fitness classes, case management for many different things such as sexual assault, housing, free peer counseling, etc.

There is always something going on and a great place to find resources about happenings in the community. There are plenty of resources for great yoga classes, healing workshops, lectures, forums, and much much more.

Every person I have had the pleasure of meeting has been genuine and helpful. The place exudes empowerment and love. I'm feel privileged to be associated with them and thank them for many of the resources I have used in the past.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. San Francisco Women Against Rape is located here and I've grown personally and professionally through the work we have done in our community and the training we have received.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more funding for them to help more people in the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I felt at home in the Women's Building, from the moment I walked in to be trained as a volunteer for SFWAR many years ago. I still love being there -- the building is vibrant with activities and happenings. I so appreciate that there is a place for a community supporting women and girls. I always find all the people there to be committed, caring, and kind -- even as they attend to their many endeavors. I feel grateful to be part of it all. SFWAR, the group I volunteer for, does an outstanding job of being a support network and service for victims of sexual abuse. It would be devastating if this organization did not exist and it would be a huge loss if the Women's Building did not exist. The Women's Building is a unique contribution to the life of San Francisco and the Bay area.

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I have seen the difference it makes in the lives of so many women by there being a voice and a presence for women seeking support from sexual assault or the ensuing long-term trauma that so often follows sexual assault. The staff of SFWAR and its many volunteers are a dedicated group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes, I would figure out a way to raise additional funds so there could be more staff for the services SFWAR provides and so that the staff could be paid more. The staff is awesome.

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The Women's building is a great resource for several underrepresented communities in San Francisco. It is also the home to several organizations such as SFWAR who work tirelessly to better the lives of women and minorities. It provides a safe space for various events, such as meditation classes, self-defence classes to be organized at low costs.

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My daily work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more resources to help the community

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The women's building supports women and girls growing and offers a loving community and a great Celebration of Craftswomen fair that supports craftswomen and the building

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I have found the Women's Building to be a priceless gift to my healing and relationships due to the thoughtful and hardworking staff and board members. I've been able to volunteer there for a short time and was able to feel the rewards of being a part of something so valuable!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the way I experience the world. Sometimes it takes a group of people so sensitive and special to reinforce the knowledge that there is pure, bold goodness in life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage another Women's Building closer to me (in Marin County) so it's easier for me to get there.

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I feel so blessed to have access to something like this Women's Building. I can't believe how amazing the concept is, and all the work that goes into providing resources for the community. I have performed various times at this site, and also received services, I have sought the resources of the various organizations housed there and been able to facilitate my work with youth at the Women's Building. The mural around the building brings life to the neighborhood and makes me happy to walk in there!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Use of meeting spaces, dance classes and information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more branches of this place in different neighborhoods!

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