Creating Opportunities for Women to Unite and Grow

Creating opportunities for women to unite and grow

Our Mission

To create opportunities for women to unite and grow through the establishment of charitable, educational, and service programs.

About us

The Women’s Christian Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1870 and chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1871. “Young” was added to our name in 1902, and we have served the women of Philadelphia continuously since our founding. In 1906, we joined, as a charter member, a national association now known as YWCA USA.
Since 2010, our organization has been independent, and while our corporate name remains unchanged, we are now doing business as the Avis Chase Women’s Association of Philadelphia.

This honors the late Avis Chase of Chatham, MA and Philadelphia, who was a major benefactor.



Happening now

Going to the Philadelphia Flower Show? In April we hosted Seth Pearsoll, Design Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Flower Show. Learn what goes into putting the event together and more about PHS programs in the video here.


View our first Speakers' Series presentation Moving Ahead With Hope: An Afternoon of Poetry with noted poets Trapeta B. Mayson and Ayesha F. Hamid.