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  

the Women's Building is a powerful resource for everyone in the Bay Area! They provide office space for social change and support organizations (like SFWAR and The Riley Center), they offer legal, exercise and wellness and other workshops that are free or very low cost, and provide centralized meeting spaces that are affordable. I am grateful every time I get to go to the Women's Building, and not just because of the gorgeous murals that adorn the walls, both outside and in -- but also because every time I walk through the front doors I know I'm part of a network of support, change, and care for the community. The Women's Building is a vital resource for all people in the Bay Area - women, children, men and those who prefer other gender possibilities.

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

a sense of pride and gratitude anytime I even see the building -- somehow, the murals feel like they are a necessary part of my San Francisco! I've witnessed the powerful engagement of multiple communities when I attend events at the Women's Building -- maybe there's a literary event or reading on one floor, a local Latina/o community organizing event on another, a crisis volunteer training going on: there's a sense that we all belong here, all of our work matters and is necessary to one another!

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

Find a way to provide them with more funds, so that they can continue to make improvements around the building, offer more workshops and classes, and continue their vital work!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building is one of the reasons I live in San Francisco. It is a phenomenal organization, which provides much-needed services to a huge swath of the public, especially those who are most often under-served. Many of the services they provide are only available at the Women's Building, and are critical to the advancement of women. They provide everything from legal consultations, to food donations for immigrants, to free yoga classes for those who often can't afford such crucial services, and so much more. This is an amazing group of people doing some of the city's best work. To many, they are the heart of the Mission, and the face of the neighborhood.

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

Every aspect of living in the Mission

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

Grow it.

 
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