In the years since our founding in 1870 as the Colored Women’s Christian Association, a key element of our vision has consistently been support of social, educational and entertainment events for organizations, families, and youth. Well into the 1960s, before court-ordered desegregation opened hotels, other venues and social organizations to all citizens, the Southwest Belmont YWCA at 16th and Catharine Streets in South Philadelphia (our most recent predecessor organization) served as the social and cultural center for African-Americans in the Philadelphia region. SWBCA, Inc. currently sponsors and supports activities consistent with our mission and in partnership with other organizations.
OUR OTHER PROGRAMS
SWBCA's educational commitment at work: The Anne M. Garrott Leadership Scholarship Fund. This endowment provides scholarships and assistance to students and educational programs.
Black & Women's History
A celebration of African American history which combines concern for our past and an element of our vision statement to support social, educational and entertainment events for organizations and families.