The Young Women’s Christian Association of Queens, Inc. (YWCA of Queens) is dedicated to our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The YWCA of Queens was originally conceived by 9 immigrant women in 1978 after a hungry Korean immigrant latchkey child, waiting for his mother to come home from work, attempted to cook and accidentally set fire to their kitchen. Officially established as the Flushing branch of the YWCA of NYC in 1978, the founders initially provided child care, ESL and Senior Services. We opened our current facility in 1995, and incorporated in 2003 as the YWCA of Queens.
The YWCA of Queens was created by the Queens community, for the Queens community and, in continuation of our legacy, strives to be of the Queens community. Today, the YWCA of Queens is recognized as an influential non-profit that meets the needs of low-income individuals and immigrants in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The YWCA of Queens now serves over 5,000 families annually through its multi-generational and cross-cultural services. With our overarching goal to address the diverse needs of Queens residents, we are able to stand as a beacon in the communities we serve and offer integral services to encourage educational, economic and personal well-being.