YWCA is a global movement.

We found a home here in Wausau in 1920 when a group of women came together to create a space for women to meet, socialize, and get to work.  Since our first meeting, we have been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, and families in Marathon County. YWCA opened the first child care center in Wausau.  We first housed what is now known as the Women’s Community, and were the first homes of the Boys and Girls Club, League of Women Voters, Childcare Connection, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Our programs were the first to recognize the needs of single parents and welcome immigrants to the Wausau area.

We continue to serve the greater Wausau area by providing programs and services that are driven by our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  Check out some of our upcoming events on our home page scroll.

Our Board of Directors:

Lee Shipway – President                                            Margaret Pagoria- Vice President

Nicole Stangl- Secretary                                             Tami McCann- Treasurer

Ashley Buchacek-Past President                                Yang Xiong

Ka Youa Xiong                                                             Stacey Martin

Sharon Hunter                                                              Ashley Bricko

Beth Brinkmann                                                            Ilizah Zuelsdorff

Jennifer Close                                                               Jonette Arms

OUR STAFF: Samantha Wederath joined the YWCA Wausau Team in March 2020. Sam is our Program Director. She came to us from the Fox Valley Area, where she worked in non-profit as an Assistant Director of a Boys & Girls Club for 3 years. Sam is a graduate of Concordia University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Theatre Performance. Sam is driven and eager to bring programs and events to YWCA and the Wausau Community serving a mission she is passionate and drive to make a difference!