San Francisco Women's Centers

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Human Services, Women


3543 18th St #8 San Francisco CA 94110 USA


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.


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.


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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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.

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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.

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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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