The Walnut Avenue Women’s Center is a 501(c)3 public benefit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in the local community for 80 years. Through interactive, supportive programs, WAWC seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well being of all families in Santa Cruz County.
Although our mission has not truly changed over the last seven decades, it has expanded to address the changes in women’s, children’s, and families’ lives. Much of this expansion is in response to the evolution of the many forms of our community’s cultural, economic, gender, and ethnic diversities. Issues such as childcare, parenting, economic security, parenting & pregnant teens, health issues, domestic violence awareness & prevention, and advocacy are now our primary focus. WAWC takes a pro-active stance in reaching underserved populations. Many of the women who come to WAWC are from underserved populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and/or domestic violence.
WAWC provides a kaleidoscope of programs and services through its departments: Domestic Violence Services, Youth Development Services, Family Literacy, Early Childhood Education, African American Community Health Group and Resource & Community Development. WAWC also provides a number of workshops throughout the year covering such topics as women’s spirituality, creative writing, body image, legal issues for battered women, financial issues, women’s history, lesbian battering, parenting issues and women’s health issues.