Adopted Nonprofit

The Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit program began in 2002 as a means to educate and increase awareness of local nonprofit agencies, and to provide volunteer opportunities for members of the Women’s Business Council (WBC). Since its inception, the program has raised more than $50,000 for local nonprofits and has helped increase visibility for many worthy organizations in our region.

The Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit for 2018 is the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Since 1883, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region has served women in the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region areas. Today, we are one of the area’s largest providers of affordable and supportive housing to both single women and women with children that would otherwise be homeless or living in substandard housing. In addition to our economic empowerment, homelessness prevention, food security services and supportive programs, every day, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and 50 children.

The goal of YWCA-GCR is to surround all of its residents with 360º of Support — a range of services customized to meet each woman’s individual needs to achieve their goals and become self-sufficient.  Not all residents need all of the available services, but there is one thing that every single woman receives:  HOPE. 

Our supportive services are available to and utilized by community members and include:  supportive housing (Single Occupancy Residence Units (SRO), Women in Transition (WIT) and Family Apartment Program), weekly community meals, food pantry, Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP), Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work, Ready for School, and Ready for Life Programs, and the Sally Catlin Resource Center.

This coming year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA-GCR (May 18, 1918 – May 18, 2018).  Throughout the year we will be celebrating our history, and we encourage everyone to join us, as we come together to ensure that we continue to empower women for the next 100 years.

Throughout 2018, the WBC will collaborate with YWCA-GCR to raise awareness and funds at WBC programs and at the WBC holiday fundraiser in December. For more information about YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, please visit or