A Season of Certainty

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A New Years Message

In my three years as President and CEO of YWCA Columbus, and in my lifetime, I have never experienced anything like 2020. Families throughout our community—mine included—endured devastating losses. Our cities erupted in pain and protest. Our jobs, schools, and economy suffered setbacks that will impact us for years to come.

Yet among the chaos and hurt, 2020 also elicited astonishing acts of kindness, sacrifice, and generosity. Doctors and nurses went to work every day, putting their lives on the line. Grocery store clerks and delivery drivers risked their own health to make sure we had the supplies we needed. Advocates, protestors, and educators took to the streets and airwaves to fiercely denounce racially motivated violence and systemic racism. And voters across the country fulfilled their civic duty in unprecedented numbers.

Here at YWCA Columbus, our staff rose to all the challenges this year threw at us—and then some. They masked up and showed up for all the people who rely on their day-to-day services at the YWCA Family Center and The Center for Women. They stood with community leaders to demand action against racism and formulate an advocacy agenda that will truly create social change. They responded quickly and fearlessly to the COVID-19 crisis with shelter, supply drives, and meals.

And you: You stood with YWCA Columbus and made everything we accomplished this year possible. You donated supplies, arranged food deliveries, gave to fundraisers, celebrated Women of Achievement, tackled the work of anti-racism, and supported this organization through thick and thin. Thank you.

I could not be more grateful to everyone who fought for humanity this year. Who believed that they could make a difference and then, bravely and humbly, went about doing just that. As much as 2020 tested us, it also proved that our shared belief in peace, justice, freedom, and dignity remains true and strong.

Happy New Year!

Christie Angel
President and CEO
YWCA Columbus


A video message from our President & CEO, Christie Angel


From the pandemic to rampant racial injustices to the election, 2020 has been full of uncertainties.

Here’s what YWCA Columbus proposes: Let’s create certainty for one another. We’ll protect the vulnerable and marginalized. Actively create racial equity. Guarantee each other’s safety, freedom, and dignity.

We need to use what’s left of 2020 and close it out in a strong, positive way so that we enter 2021 reenergized and ready to work. That’s why we’re asking you to take action for our final fundraising campaign of the year.

With your gift, we can assure anyone in crisis who turns to YWCA Columbus that we’re here for them, no matter what. We’re here for those who endure racism and sexism, and deserve to know this community will not tolerate either one. Contribute today to show your certainty that equity is worth fighting for.



Host a Drive

Give the gift of warmth this season by making or purchasing blankets, to donate to homeless families.


Make a formerly homeless woman’s holiday brighter by purchasing a gift from her wish list.

Purchase an item from our Wishlist

Help us better serve our residents by donating new and unopened basic items, including blankets, and socks and gloves for kids. To ensure a contact free delivery, you may consider purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List this year.

Donate to our Gift Card Fund

Give a homeless family or woman resident a holiday gift this season by donating to the YWCA Columbus gift card fund.

Ways to Give Details



Give the gift of warmth this season by making or purchasing blankets. Hosting a drive-by or outdoor donation drive is a great way to give back to the community in lieu of gifts. Other ideas include collecting socks, gloves and mittens for homeless children or donating to our gift card fund for homeless families. All material donations must be new and unopened.



Make a formerly homeless woman’s holiday brighter by purchasing a gift from her wish list. Our women residents are recovering from addiction, weathering disability or mental illness, or navigating job loss and low incomes. They may be unable to afford even basic items, and some don’t have a family to spend the holidays with. Put a smile on their face by giving them a gift to unwrap this holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, all of our residents have been adopted! Thank you Columbus!


basic items


Running an emergency family center is tough. As you can imagine, there’s a need for basic new and unopened items on an ongoing basis. Visit our material donation webpage for a full list of needed items. In the meantime, here’s a few items in demand this time of year:

  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Socks, gloves & mittens (for children)
  • Cleaning supplies

As always, you may purchase items from our Amazon Wish List. These items will be sent directly to us. It’s that easy!


Give a chance for a homeless family or woman resident to have a holiday gift this season, in a contactless and COVID-safe way, by donating to our gift card fund. This fund will help us purchase gift cards so that the recipient can buy exactly what they need. Please consider a donation to this fund by December 18.

Give to gift card fund

gift cards

If you are interested, need more information, or would like to schedule a donation drop off appointment, contact:

Naomi Merino

Volunteer & Donations Manager

Family Center Office
Advancement Department

email Naomi

Teresa Woods

Volunteer & Donations Coordinator

Family Center Office
Advancement Department
614.253.3910 x 3934

email teresa