Who We Are


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 throughout Santa Cruz County for over 80 years. Through interactive, supportive programs, Walnut Avenue Women’s Center seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well being of all families in Santa Cruz County.

Our Mission

To provide support and services so that women, children, and families have the opportunities and skills to thrive.

Our Vision

The Walnut Avenue Women’s Center provides a variety of services for the purpose of helping women to improve their life situations. The organization is women-centered, seeking to put women’s experiences at the center of our thinking. We provide services which empower and inform women, their children and their families, enabling those we serve to realize their potential in all aspects of their lives.

Our Services

Although our mission has not truly changed over the last eight 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. With the support of our participants, we identify barriers to thriving and we create programs to meet the needs of our community. Issues such lack of access to childcare, early education , parenting , economic security, teen pregnancy & parenting, youth development, domestic violence awareness & prevention, and advocacy are now our primary focus. Walnut Avenue Women’s Center takes a pro-active stance in reaching under-served populations. Many of the women who come to Walnut Avenue Women’s Center are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and/or domestic violence.

Our Programs

Walnut Avenue Women’s Center provides a kaleidoscope of programs and services through its departments:

Our Location

Address: 303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 426-3062
Fax:  (831) 426-3070

Email: info@wawc.org
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