Fundraisers are all YWCA events for the benefit of the entire agency. We aim for our events to be both family-friendly and entertaining. The funds raised cover a wide variety of agency expenses, which in turn benefits the services we offer to the community. YWCA also hosts several awareness events to promote our mission-focused programs.
Festival of Trees
** With COVID-19 there will be changes to this event so please check the specific details on the Festival of Trees event for 2020. ****
YWCA kicks off the Holiday Season each year with this festive tradition that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The event is held at Commerce Bank of Wyoming and viewing is open to the public. There will be a Silent Auction with wreaths and gift baskets and a live auction with full size decorated trees. A reception will be held at the end of the viewing period and will include refreshments, live auction of the full size trees and the announcement of silent auction winners.
Bowls of Caring
Just after we finish up with Festival of Trees it is time to start planning for “Bowls of Caring”. This is our annual soup dinner where you get to take your custom made bowl as part of the event. Bowls of Caring is always held at the Sweetwater County Events Complex in March. We host “Bowl Parties” in January and February to give individuals a chance to make your own custom bowl to go with your ticket. Your ticket to the event includes; a soup dinner; children’s activities, raffles, silent auction, but most importantly a fun filled evening for the whole family that helps raise funds to support all YWCA services in Sweetwater County.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. Awareness events are hosted each October to continue to bring attention to these important issues.
Each year YWCA usually hosts a memorial event recognizing individuals lost to violence during YWCA USA’s “Week Without Violence. Presenting Proclamations at each of the government agencies in Sweetwater County is also an important part of the month. There are no costs to attend these events.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. By the late 1990s, many advocates began coordinating activities and events throughout the month of April, advancing the idea of a nationally recognized month for sexual violence awareness and prevention activities. SAAM was first observed nationally in April 2001.
Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Each April, YWCA encourages individuals to wear teal ribbons or bracelets to promote awareness of the effects that sexual assault has on our community and our commitment to make a difference for future generations.
Run with the Badges
Come run or walk with the Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, SWAT team, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sweetwater County Fire Department to help spread awarness for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
This is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about these issues in our community. The Run is hosted each year in April and involves several races and walks for all ages and abilities. Keep watching this site and our Facebook page for signup dates/times.