Save Our Jobs! Save the Y!
  • Petitioned Joan Vinas

This petition was delivered to:

President, Greater Triangle YWCA Board
Joan Vinas
Vice-President of Programs, Greater Triangle YWCA Board
Deborah Warren
YWCA of the Greater Triangle
Save Our Jobs! Save the Y!

Save Our Jobs! Save the Y!

    1. Yolanda Carrington
    2. Petition by

      Yolanda Carrington

      Hillsborough, NC

On February 29th, 2012, the board of directors of the Greater Triangle YWCA abruptly shut down the last remaining local branch of the YWCA, located at the historic East Hargett street building in Raleigh, North Carolina. Staff and community members were given less than twenty-four hours notice to shut down critical resource programs that served pregnant teens, senior citizens, and grade school children needing after-school child care.

To add insult to injury, the dedicated staff members who administered these programs were not paid for their last two weeks of work. These staffers are now scrambling to find alternative programs for the bewildered clients of the East Hargett YWCA.

The Raleigh Young Women's Christian Association was first established in 1901, but during the era of legal segregation the Raleigh YWCA only admitted white women as members. The East Hargett branch was established by Black leaders in 1944 to serve the needs of Southeast Raleigh's majority African American community.  The elder care and after-school programs of the East Hargett YWCA served a predominately African American clientele, and the loss of these valuable programs will hit Southeast Raleigh especially hard. Without the critical services, elders won't receive daily meals, pregnant teens won't have access to job training and parenting classes, and working parents won't have a safe place to send their kids after school.

The YWCA was built by hard-working women and their families. The center on East Hargett is a Raleigh institution. Save Our Jobs, Save the Y!


Recent signatures


    1. National YWCA statement on Greater Triangle's closing

      Yolanda Carrington
      Petition Organizer

      The National Coordinating Board of YWCA USA issued the following statement on March 8:

      "The YWCA USA National Coordinating Board is saddened by the sudden closure of the YWCA of Greater Triangle in Raleigh, NC.

      Each YWCA local association is an independent, autonomous non-profit organization with its own board of directors that controls the governance, operations, staffing and financing of that association. The YWCA of Greater Triangle CEO and board of directors did not advise anyone at the national level of its financial situation or its decision to close. The February 29, 2012 announcement took us by surprise.

      We are concerned about the impact to staff and the community. A team under the direction of the Southeast Region of the YWCA is evaluating the situation and identifying next steps."

      Debra Stock, Board Chair, YWCA USA National Coordinating Board

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rachael Derello DURHAM, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      i am signing this because i am outraged, pained, and hurt...and i never thought that the YWCA would be the cause of the things for me and so many others. for shame!

    • Deborah Blount RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Raleigh native. My late mother learned to sew at the East Hargett Street YWCA branch. I sign this petition in her memory.

    • Carolyn Mann COLLINGSWOOD, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a native of Raleigh NC and very aware of the services that the YWCA offered to the community. The YWCA is needed in the community in order to be a facility where our elders and children can get outside services that they stand in need of.

    • Pat Butler RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      As women we can do better than this. First the Oberlin Road Y closed and now this, while the YMCA produded an expansion to both its building and programs.

    • James Thomas RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      When I was a teacher at Ligon Middle School from 1980-1990 this branch of the Y served many of the families in the community. There were many programs at this brach that were vital to the citizens. Please reconsider the decision to close.


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