The Center for Women

Our Mission

The Center for Women helps women in transition achieve and maintain economic independence.

At the Center for Women, we design programs and initiatives to increase financial literacy, build career-related skills, connect women with mentorship and internship opportunities, and provide referrals to additional support services, all with the goal of ensuring women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Co-established by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh (JWF), the Center for Women focuses on providing programming and services that serve the needs of women in transition — women who are recently divorced, separated, widowed or who are returning to the workforce  — with the goal of financial literacy and economic independence. The Center for Women builds on existing community programming and partners with Pittsburgh area agencies and organizations to act as sources for referrals, fill service gaps, avoid duplicative services, and maximize resources to ensure women are able to access a comprehensive realm of services to address their needs.

The Center for Women serves all women without regard to faith, socio-economic status, or background.

About the National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh SectionThe National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Since our founding in 1893, NCJW Pittsburgh Section has provided a safety net for women, children and families in need, establishing pioneering programs to meet unmet needs: the first free kindergartens and penny lunch program, resettlement support for newly arriving refugees, the program that would eventually become Headstart and so much more. NCJW has rallied for reproductive choice, the protection of women and children from all forms of abuse and for laws, policies and practices that improve the economic independence of women. Today, NCJW’s nonsectarian community service projects include programs like the Suit Yourself Vouchers, which provides free business clothes to low-income individuals re-entering the workforce, Children’s Rooms in the Courts which are a safe, fun environment for young children while their parents/caregivers tend to family court matters and Silent Witness Initiative that raises awareness of domestic violence.

For more information on NCJW Pittsburgh Section, please visit www.ncjwpgh.org or call 412-421-6118.

About the Jewish Women’s Foundation

Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater PittsburghThe Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh was founded in 2000 to create lasting social change in the lives of women and girls in the Jewish and general communities. JWF offers trustees the opportunity to participate in the strategic direction and distribution of JWF’s grantmaking.  Through donors’ collective input, JWF funds innovative programs to address the unmet needs of women and girls in Allegheny County and Israel.  The Foundation carries out its mission by making strategic grants on a yearly basis. JWF believes in making the world a better place structurally by strengthening the role of women and girls in society and culturally by influencing the way people think about and act upon things regarding women and girls’ issues.  Funding social change is at the core of what JWF does.

For more information about JWF, visit www.jwfpgh.org or call 412-727-1108.