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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended some classes at the Women's Building as well as doing some volunteer work on occasion and donating money when I can. The work that is done there is so valuable to women from all walks of life. We, in San Francisco, are blessed to have such an organization in our community with so many dedicated people working to improve the lives of women, children and families in San Francisco. Roseann G.

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volunteered, took a dance class, attended some lectures, watched great dance performance

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none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended a self-defense class a while back at the Women's Building. It was such a wonderful and inclusive space! I appreciated that there were women in support of each other, and that it was free to all.

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

my daily life

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

go to more events and classes

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