Make holiday brighter with YWCA contribution

Local nonprofit sends out request for gifts, volunteers and finical donations



The YWCA Clark County can use your help this holiday season, whether you like to shop, volunteer or just donate funds. The Y is a chief local nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, oppression, abuse and neglect. It serves nearly 12,000 people every year.

If you like to shop, you can obtain a wish-tag that’s been filled out by a needy YWCA client and then go shopping for that new gift. Drop of off at the Y by Dec. 15, and the gift will be included in the annual no-charge Holiday Shop the Y hosts for its clients. Stop by the Y at 3609 Main St. in Vancouver to pick up tags, or contact Erin Smiley at 360-906-9157 or to have them mailed to you.

The Holiday Shop is a “giant undertaking, and we need volunteer support to run it smoothly,” said Y spokeswoman Sharon Svec. Last year, there were 70 volunteers and more than 400 participants. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Stephanie Barr at 360-906-9112 or

And if you prefer to make a direct donation, the Y is happy to accept it. A $30 donation provides one day of early childhood education in the Y’s Care Children’s Program for homeless or low-income families; $300 provides training for two Court Appointed Special Advocates who protect foster children’s rights. Visit or stop by the Y on Main Street.