Mission: The YWCA of NOC was founded in 1927 and serves the seven cities of North Orange County--Yorba Linda, Placentia, Brea, Fullerton, Anaheim, Buena Park and La Habra. For more than 70 years the organization helped women and young girls reach their potential and lead productive lives. Our programs and efforts are all in response to our motto, "shedding light on women's lives."
Target demographics: eliminate racism and empower women
Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,500 women and their families.
Geographic areas served: Orange County
Programs: Neighborhood Link to Breast Cancer Prevention, Youth Employment Services for at-risk, low income youth 14-22 years, College Scholarships for adult re-entry women to attend Fullerton College or CSUF, Prom Project for girls to attend their prom with dignity, pride and self-confidence, YWSafe Self Defense Program for girls using public transportation for work or school.
The YWCA of North Orange County is a grassroot, independently incorporated 501 (c ) (3) Human Service Organization. This is its strength. As a CEO in the nonprofit sector for over 37 years, I applaud the organization for giving back 82% of every dollar to program services and outreach. My mother and sister died of breast cancer. The YWCA of North Orange County's Neighborhood Link To Breast Cancer Screening Program that reach uninsured or medically uninsured women with early prevention mammograms, clinical breast exams, diagnostic studies and follow up, if needed, touches my heart. These are ladies that would go undiagnosed, or diagnosed at a later stage because they are poor. Empowering women in a time where women's rights are being taken away is also a passion of mine. To disclose I am the CEO of the YWCA of North Orange County and a non-voting member of our Board of Directors, but my passions and belief is with the mission of the YWCA of North Orange County. That is why the YWCA of North Orange County does such a good job serving our communities.