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        425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703    phone: (319) 234-7589   email:


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17th Annual YWCA Women of Persimmon

Join us for this year's event!  

Persimmon, the orange color YWCAs across the United States have chosen to symbolize the strength and confidence of women. We all know extraordinary women who make a positive difference in our lives and community. On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the YWCA Black Hawk County will celebrate these women at our 17th Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon at the Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls.

Nomination Forms Due March 3, 2023

The YWCA seeks nominations for their 17th annual Women of Persimmon awards. Women of Persimmon awards recognize women and organizations who work to create opportunities for women and girls and improve the lives of all who live in the Cedar Valley community. These women and organizations exemplify the mission of the YWCA - to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nominations may be submitted in the following categories: Professional/Business Woman; Volunteer; Young Woman of Tomorrow (for women ages 18 - 25); Youth Advocate; and Business/Organization that Empowers Women. Descriptions of each category are included in the nomination packet.

Nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 3, 2023. Nomination forms are available at the YWCA front office; by calling or emailing Cindy Mohr at 319-234-7589 ext. 227 or

Nominees will be recognized and winners announced at the YWCA’s 17th annual Women of Persimmon luncheon on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 11:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park.



Be A Sponsor!

The businesses and individuals who sponsor the YWCA Black Hawk County’s annual Women of Persimmon luncheon are important partners. Your sponsorship supports the mission of the YWCA, as well as the programs and services provided to thousands of local individuals annually. Various sponsorship levels are available.

Sponsorships include, at a minimum, reservations for the luncheon as well as your company’s name included on our website, in the event program and in the special thank you that will appear in our next brochure.

For more information on how to become a sponsor of this event, contact Hannah Jaros, Marketing and Development Director at 319-234-7589 or

Click here for the Media Sponsorship Form.

Click here for the Business and Individual Sponsorship Form.




YWCA Y’s Kids Before and After School Child Care Program


Space is limited. Call the YWCA (319) 234-7589 check availability at your child’s school.


Y’s Kids Locations:

School Age (Kindergarten and older)

The YWCA provides before and after school care for school-age children at Highland, Irving, Kingsley, Kittrell, Lincoln, Lou Henry, and Lowell in Waterloo, at Hudson Elementary and at Hansen, Lincoln, and North Cedar Elementary Schools in Cedar Falls. After school only child care is offered at Cunningham Elementary in Waterloo. 



The YWCA provides before-and-after preschool childcare at the following Waterloo elementary schools: Elk Run, Highland, Kittrell, and Lincoln. After preschool childcare is offered at Cunningham Elementary. Preschool child care is available at the schools Monday - Thursday. All-day care is available on Fridays at the YWCA from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Child care for preschool students attending Hudson Elementary is available either before the morning program or after the afternoon program only.   

Child care for preschool students attending Hudson Elementary is available either before the morning program or after the afternoon pr

YWCA Health & Wellness Services Participants –  To ensure the safety and well-being of participants and staff, we are starting with a limited number of class offerings and limited class sizes to ensure appropriate social distancing between individuals.  We are continuing to work on our plan to be open longer hours and offer more classes.


Below please find information regarding our operating protocols:

All classes/lessons subject to change or cancellations .

YWCA Premium or Basic plans or Health Insurance plans will only be accepted as payment for adult classes (no class plans accepted at this time except for youth swimming lessons).

Class sizes are limited as are class choices and schedules.

Please do not come to the YWCA if you:

Have had contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Have fever of 100.3 or higher

Have a cough or shortness of breath

Have traveled in the past 14 days

Social distancing of 6 feet must be followed including in classes.

For all appointments, classes and lessons, arrive no more than 5-10 minutes before starting time and leave immediately after class, lesson or appointment ends.

When entering the building, please use either the back door, or the front door and the elevator to go to the lower level to check in and out at the Control Center.

Limit interactions in common areas (main lobby, hallways, locker rooms, etc.). Please do not congregate before or after your class.

No towel services will be provided.

Please bring your own towels.

Shoes are required before exiting locker room.

Water Aerobics and Silver Sneakers will be scheduled by contacting Kaylee, Health and Wellness Director.

Water fountains will be available for filling bottles only, please bring your own clean water bottle.

All frequent high touch areas and areas where staff and/or participants have been will be sanitized by staff after use

Sanitizing stations and wipes will be provided to participants for their convenience

To ensure the safety of our participants and staff, staff will be following stringent personal safety and cleanliness protocols including regular hand washing, etc.  

All protocols and rules have been instituted to ensure your health and safety - failure to follow YWCA protocols/rules will result in the termination of your participation in YWCA programming and No refunds will be issued for membership or class/lesson registration fees.


Contact Kaylee at 319-234-7589 ext. 233 for any questions and/or feedback you may have.


Remember - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic.  COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact.  As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and other precautions to keep yourself and your families safe and well.  While the YWCA has put in place protocols and schedules as preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; the YWCA cannot guarantee that you or your family are not at risk while attending programming here or that you will not become infected with COVID-19.



Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral Contact Information:

(855) 244-5301


Child Care Resource and Referral Flyer:


Survey for a child care referral for Black Hawk County:


Your support is greatly appreciated as we work with our community to do our part in supporting the well-being of our community.


Please watch our Facebook page and website for future YWCA updates.


If you have any questions, please call (319) 234-7589.

Thank You

YWCA Building:
The YWCA front desk will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00a.m. - 7:45p.m., Tuesday 8a.m.-7:00p.m., and Friday 8:00a.m. - 6:30p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. You may be able to reach us by phone (319) 234-7589 and the specific staff person’s extension number. Staff are also reachable by email if you have their work email address and if not, please use and your email will be forwarded to them.


The Control Center will be open  Monday through Thursday 6:30a.m. - 6:00p.m., Friday 6:30a.m. - 4:00p.m., and Saturday 7:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. Saturday times will be 7:00a.m. - 12:00p.m when swimming lessons are in session. Closed Sunday.


As we all work together as a community to keep everyone safe and well, we understand the frustration and stress that comes with the uncertainty and changes happening daily. We are here, ready to support you in whatever way we can. We are working on options, information and activities that you can use at home, so follow our Facebook page for them. We will forward other community and organization resources to you as well as we receive them – some are listed below.

Please know we will keep you updated on all things YWCA via Facebook, YWCA website and mail.

Take care, stay safe, keep well, and follow the CDC guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.
You are all in our thoughts,
Your YWCA Black Hawk County

Additional resources – we will continue to update and post these on our Facebook page as we receive them.
• Center for Disease Control -
• SilverSneakers - live classes on Facebook. No Facebook membership needed, these classes are open to all. Visit
• Child Care Resource and Referral – (855) 244-5301
• Northeast Iowa Food Bank – (319) 874-6840
• Operation Threshold - (319) 291-2065
• Iowa Workforce Development -
• Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment -
• House of Hope COVID 19 Rental Assistance Program to assist single moms that have lost jobs or hours due to the COVID19 Pandemic – (319) 888-1823
• Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging – (319) 874-6840



YWCA Mission Statement

The YWCA Black Hawk County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Our Vision

Cedar Valley women and girls are strong, impactful leaders and instruments of change in their community; creating opportunities and providing resources for all to reach their greatest potential.































Please take this opportunity to nominate a friend, relative or colleague for this special honor. Nomination forms are available at the YWCA and on our website Call Cindy Mohr to receive one by mail or email. If possible, please email your nomination as a Word document.
Nominations must be received by Monday, March 7, 2022.
Nominations may be delivered, emailed or mailed to Lucinda Mohr, Executive Director, YWCA Black Hawk County,
425 Lafayette, Waterloo, IA 50703 or