In 2020 we were forced to change our lifestyle and habits, including how we work, how we learn, and even how we interact and engage with one another. Through it all, YWCA Lower Cape Fear stood with the community and remained dedicated to the women, girls, families, and populations we serve every day. Much of the work was made possible thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters who donated over the course of the year. Your support has allowed us to continue to provide for the communites we serve, even in a pandemic.

New challenges will arise as the situation has heightened existing inequalities in our community. YWCA's mission and work has always focused on making sure that adequate resources and supports remain available, especially to our most vulnerable communities.

We cannot do this work alone. With the strength of people and power of community we can endure. Your support of the 35th Annual Women of Achievement Awards will ensure that we continue to deliver life-changing services to those most in need.

Watch our Year in Review to hear about our work and impact throughout 2020.

Advocacy & Racial Justice

We are committed to helping individuals, organizations, and companies in the Lower Cape Fear region to improve race relations and find ways to eliminate racism through constructive dialogue and meaningful action. Programs include: 

 What's Wrong With Different?

Stand Against Racism

Potluck for Peace

Talk On Race

Talk On Health

Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

Health & Safety

We offer a variety of aquatics programs to promote water safety, water skills, and access to affordable and fun exercise. The YWCA Pool is open year-round, with open-air swimming during the spring and summer months, and covered by our pool bubble in the fall and winter months. Programs include:

Water Aerobics

Swim Lessons

Swim Team

Flow Motion

Y Dub Tri Club

Lifeguard Certification

Family Empowerment & Support

We advocate and offer support for families that assist them in moving toards economic independence, connect them to resources, help them overcome obstacles, and empower them to strengthen and grow together. Programs include:

Grandparent Support Network

Early Parenthood Program of Columbus County

Early Education & Youth Enrichment

We offer a quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activites that enables children to succeed in school. Programs include:

Early Learning Academy

After School

Summer Camp


Economic Advancement of Women

We work to empower young women, eliminate barriers, and provide resources that allow women to become full participants in the economic mainstream of our community. We believe when women are empowered to achieve economic self-sufficiency, communities thrive. Programs include:

New Choices

STRIVE for a New Beginning

Living the Dream Center for Entrepreneurship

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