The Mountain Xpress asked various people around the community what their “big idea” is for 2012. This is what we submitted that was printed in the paper:
Big Idea: It’s the Mission
At the YWCA of Asheville, our mission itself is the big idea: We incorporate “eliminating racism and empowering women” into everything we do.
In 2012, the YWCA will continue to offer vital programs bridging gaps in child care, education, health care and earning power. In April, we’ll hold our third annual Stand Against Racism campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness that racism still exists and that it will no longer be tolerated. Our community struggles with issues related to race, and the Stand Against Racism provides an opportunity to address those issues.
This year, the focus will be on how we as a community can make our common spaces more welcoming to all types of people. We invite local businesses, organizations and faith groups to join us in the Stand Against Racism.
In September, we’ll hold our annual Tribute to Women of Influence, which celebrates women who have excelled in their field and empowered others through their work. This inspiring event highlights how far we have come toward equality in the workplace, and it advocates for the day when women possess the same financial and political power as men in this country.
Throughout the year, our wellness programs address health disparities, our child care programs strive to minimize the achievement gap, and our economic-empowerment programs give people tools to succeed. We look forward to continuing to strive for peace, justice, dignity and freedom for all in 2012.