NEMC’s successful initiative in support of the YWCA

As you may know, the goal of the YWCA’s campaign is to expand and upgrade their facilities on Ridge in order to enhance their services for women and children affected by domestic violence. Last year, the YWCA was able to help more than 10,000 women, children and families, but at the same time they were not able to respond to requests for help from more than 700 women and children. Domestic violence is a critical issue. For example, it is the second highest category of calls made to Evanston Police.

NEMC’s Policy Committee asked members to support the YWCA’s campaign and thanks to members’ support, we are able to claim lasting naming rights to the Children’s Reading Space in the YWCA Family Support Center. Elizabeth Bald, Policy Chair: “We look forward to being able to tour the new space upon its completion. Thank you again for helping us continue our mission of serving Evanston’s youth!”

Pam: “I was so happy to have had the NEMC membership accomplish this goal in just a matter of weeks, and the YWCA was thrilled to have our commitment and partnership in their new facility. I’ve been saying for the last 2 years that the NEMC is a small but mighty group of women who can accomplish anything we put our minds too. Thank you to all who made a donation to help NEMC secure the naming rights for the Children’s Reading Space in the future YWCA facility. We did it!”

The Evanston YWCA was started in 1931 and is part of the oldest women’s movement in the world. It works within 16 communities in the region, extending north to Lake County, west to 294, and south to Devon. It touches 10,000 women, children, and families yearly, offering the only comprehensive program advocating freedom from violence in the Chicago area.


For more than a hundred years, the North End Mothers’ Club has supported organizations serving local youth. NEMC is a social and philanthropic organization. Members are Evanston women who share a commitment to youth through fundraising and volunteer endeavors.

NEMC President Pam Swales presenting Karen Singer, President and CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, with our check for $10,000 to secure the naming rights for the Children’s Reading Space.

“We look forward to being able to tour the new space upon its completion. Thank you again for helping us continue our mission of serving Evanston’s youth!” 

Elizabeth Bald, NEMC Policy Chair


Pam Swales delivers the $10,000 check to the YWCA for naming rights to the Children's Reading Space.

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