The YWCA, Clinton has a long history….a history of women who have worked hard, been diligent, given much and are taking the YWCA into the 21st century giving its present leaders and patrons opportunities to be decision makers, explore new ideas and to be part of the oldest women's organization in the U.S.

The YWCA Clinton, Iowa is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The following programs and events seek to empower the women and girls in our community.

Woman of Achievement Awards

Since 1973, the YWCA, along with the community, has recognized the achievements of women in Clinton and surrounding areas. There are many women in local communities whose efforts and accomplishments, be it professional or volunteer, are worthy of recognition.

Past YWCA Woman of Achievement Honorees by Year
Past YWCA Woman of Achievement Honorees A to Z
Woman of Achievement Videos

Nominate someone for the 2020 Woman of Achievement Awards HERE. (Nominations accepted through March 8, 2020).

2019 Woman of Achievement Honorees:

Each April, a number of local women, men, and an area business are honored for their community involvement, dedication, leadership, and empowerment of women. For more information on the YWCA Woman of Achievement Awards, please contact the YWCA Development & Marketing Director.

Religious Woman of Achievement: Bristi Frahm
Professional Woman of Achievement: Pam Pfister
County Woman of Achievement: Judy Holesinger
Young Woman of Achievement: Oivia Gossard
Civic/Community Woman of Achievement: Jenifer Green
Unsung Hero / YWCA Honoree: Sarah Brubaker
Business Leader: Information, Referral & Assistance Services

PurSuits - Clothing Women in Confidence

PurSuits provides appropriate interview clothing to job-ready women and the confidence and knowledge to empower themselves.

Founded in 2016, PurSuits was formed by the Women's Justice Circle, a collaboration between the YWCA Women's Empowerment Committee and the Sisters of Saint Francis Franciscan Peace Center to help women in our society who lack the resources and funds to purchase suitable attire for the interview process. PurSuits' goal is to not only dress these women in interview clothing, but to dress them in confidence and knowledge. Thanks is given to Renaissance Resale Boutique of Clinton for partnering on this project.


There are many ways you can help PurSuits! If you're interested in donating items or volunteering, please fill out the form below! Please do not drop donated items off at YWCA Clinton.

Please indicate how you'd like to help (mark all that apply) then enter your contact info, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can:

Donate suitable attireGive a monetary donationVolunteer your timeHost a suit drive or fundraising event

If you'd prefer to make a monetary donation instead, you can drop off or mail to us at:
PurSuits, c/o YWCA Clinton, 317 7th Ave S, Clinton, IA 52732.
(Please do not send cash in the mail – checks only.)

Thank you for helping us Clothe Women in Confidence and Knowledge!

YWCA Empowerment Center - Housing Services

YWCA Empowerment Center assists families with children and individuals in both Clinton and Jackson Counties who are experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness through our Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention programs

The goal of the YWCA Empowerment Center is to empower individuals affected by homelessness. Our program provides safe, affordable, violence-free housing as well as on-going case-management services to women, women with children, men and families. These programs provided by the YWCA Housing Services are vital to our community. We thank you for your support of this essential mission program of the YWCA-Clinton. All services are free and confidential.

She Rises

She Rises is our newest Empowerment Center program that focuses on building resiliency  and employment skills for women and girls through education and mentoring.

For more information about She Rises or to become a mentor, please contact the YWCA Empowerment Center Director at 563-242-2110 or at

This project was made possible by a grant from the Iowa Women’s Foundation. 

YWise Girls

YWise Girls is a program that promotes positive self-esteem and leadership roles for young women in our community.

All young ladies grades 3rd-8th grades are invited to attend. For more information about YWise Girls, please visit our Youth Page or contact the YWCA Youth Director at 563-242-2110 or at