San Francisco Women's Centers

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Address:

3543 18th St #8 San Francisco CA 94110 USA

Mission:

The Women's Building is a women-led community space that advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice. The world continues to be a treacherous place for women and girls. Even here in the San Francisco Bay Area, women have to fight against physical, economic, political and professional barriers, assaults, and forms of discrimination. Therefore, we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming place that focuses on the well-being of women, girls and families.

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. To meet the increased need, we have added 15 hours/week to our basic services program and Saturday hours as well. Our Building continues to be full with 9 other nonprofits that serve the needs of women and girls. This includes domestic violence services, advocacy and activism, after-school programs and volunteer opportunities. We look forward to another year of responding and providing services to our community.

Target demographics:

Women, girls and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Thousands of women and 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: - Women can improve the quality of their lives and of their families by using our social services. - The well-being of women and girls is improved by our social justice advocacy. - Community Groups, including our In-House Organizations, strengthen their community work by interacting and partnering with us and each other in a vibrant, socially progressive and affordable space. 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 9 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 addition, we partner with community groups on activism projects that affect our community. The Women's Building is also well-known for it world-famous MaestraPeace Mural. Covering the outside of the building, this enormous and magnificent mural celebrates the accomplishments and importance of women in our world, history and spirituality. This 5-story mural inspires people to re-imagine a world where women and girls stand tall and hold their space. Well-known by the City’s residents, the Mural also awes visitors from around the world since it is listed in countless guide books and is part of all the City’s mural walks.

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415-431-1180 x22
http://www.womensbuilding.org

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Reviews for San Francisco Women's Centers

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building is an incredible resource for women and girls in San Francisco. The staff and volunteers here are amazing and powerful women committed to improving the community. The Resource Center at the Women's Building offers caring and kind volunteers providing job search assistance, free tax preparation, a food bank program, and an unlimited set of referrals to other services in San Francisco.

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

my experience as a board member.

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

Hone the focus of the population served while also expanding the programs targeted for those women.

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building makes a difference in the lives of women and girls in San Francisco in so many ways. You can get job search help, or tax preparation, or even legal help in the Resource Center. The build ing offers space to rent for events, conferences, and parties. There are also 11 other non profits who call the beautiful 4 story building home.
Come visit and take a yoga class, get help or just enjoy our beautiful
murial.

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

Attending classes

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

enlarge their social justice services

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Building's commitment to community is evidenced in the day-to-day work and support it provides to those in need. Seeing first-hand what this organization accomplishes for women, girls and low-income families has deepened my belief in the power of a small group of people to create social good on a much larger scale. The programs and services they offer change lives, inside and out.

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

living more closely in connection with the experience of those who are challenged every day to get by and succeed. TWB makes it possible for so many people to survive and grow.

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

Do more to help their fund development efforts and create an endowment for sustainability.

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

Likely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

TWB Newsletter

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Getting involved with The Women's Building changed my life. I found a community of people who believed in me, and supported me to succeed. I've seen the same thing happen for many other women, whether they came into the drop-in Community Resource Room looking for help, joined a project as a volunteer, or came into the building to connect with one of the other kick-a** organizations housed there.

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

witnessing women come in seeking something (help preparing a tax return, healthy food for their families, a greater connection to the community they live in) to find real results (a tax refund greater than expected, healthy food plus English classes or job search assistance, meaningful opportunities to learn and grow).

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

join the board! (I did). Make a donation! (I do). Show up at events! (yes!). See you there!

 
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