The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization both locally and throughout the world. Our mission is to build an environment where women and girls thrive. Our organization is affiliated with the YWCA USA and dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The People

Who We Are


Molly Knipe, MSS, MLSP
Executive Director


Christel Gray
Chief Financial Officer


Terri Bennett
Chief Operating Officer


Ann Potthast, Esq.
Managing Attorney


Angela Cromwell
Intake and Quality Assurance Coordinator


Our History

Since 1918, The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has been impacting the lives and experiences of women and children in our community through an ever-evolving array of services. Whether it be social, educational, emotional or recreational, the YWCA provides programming that best meets the many facets that make a woman whole.

Services and programs offered through The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault:

• Domestic Violence Safe House Shelter

• Hospital Accompaniment

• Intensive Intervention for Perpetrators

• Permanent Housing Placement

• Case Management and Referral

• Counseling for Adults, Children, and Families

• Legal Representation in Peace & Protective Orders

• 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

Read more to learn about our services, events, and how you can get involved!

Standards for Excellence

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is proud to be one of only 78 non-profit organizations in the State of Maryland to have achieved the Standards for Excellence Award. This is an award presented by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations to those organizations who have successfully completed the voluntary peer review process known as The Standards for Excellence.

The process sets high standards and reviews applicant organizations’ ethical operations in the areas of program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising practices. The Standards for Excellence serves as a model of how well managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organizations operate. The YWCA received its recertification in 2009.



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


The mission of the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is to build an environment in which women and girls thrive.

Policy Positions

The YWCA core advocacy issues reflect our mission and the values of our organization:

Elimination of Racism:

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.

Affirmative Action:

The YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender.

Hate Crimes:

The YWCA supports the passage of Hate Crimes legislation that protects people from harassment, violence and other crimes on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Violence Against Women:

The YWCA supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women, and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and increased funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The YWCA also supports legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violence against women.

Increasing Women’s Income:

The YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds

Welfare Reform:

The YWCA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, opposes religious discrimination in hiring, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency such as domestic violence and substance abuse, and provides affordable and accessible child care.

Early Childhood Education:

The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school.

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