The first YWCA was established in 1858 as a voice for women’s issues and for more than 150 years, we have been at the forefront of most social movements in the United States - from the abolition of slavery to voting rights, from civil rights to pay equity, and from violence prevention to health initiatives. 

Founded in 1886, YWCA Lincoln has been a leader and driving force for human empowerment in the Lincoln community. We are currently inspiring a new generation of strong leaders and advocacy to reflect our mission and values of the organization. Our programs and activities are supported by more than 47,000 volunteers and serve more than 50,000 women each year here in Lincoln.

We continue to evolve to meet today's challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA Lincoln continues to be a vital community agency that addresses critical social issues in our area. Our programs have an important impact on the development of disadvantaged children, leadership and empowerment for adolescent girls and women, and the self-reliance of women in economic crisis.

In the past, the agency has housed women, and was among the first in the nation to provide technical and trade skills courses for them.

Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls in the Lincoln community.