Easy steps in starting a local YWCA branch

1.FORM an organizing committee of at least 10-20 members. Ideally these women should be from varying cultural, racial, ethnic, religious and economic groups in the community. They should also be willing to give concentrated time for further study f YWCA background materials, the process of organizing a new association, and interesting other women to join with them.

2.ESTABLISH contact with Tanzania YWCA, Corner of Azikiwe Street and Ghana Avenue, P.O Box 20186, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

3.SELECT a temporary chairperson, secretary and treasurer so that minutes of all meetings and accurate financial records can be kept until a Board or an EXECUTIVE Committee is selected.

4.BANK any money received as membership dues or contributions in a custodial account in the name of The Organizing Committee of the Tanzania YWCA Branch of …………………….

5.RECRUIT more members. Members are the nucleus of the YWCA. Usually modes annual membership dues are charged which will be determined by either the Executive Committee or specified in the By-Laws. KEEP a record of members with their addresses and phone numbers.

6.STUDY with the membership purpose and vision of what the YWCA is and how it would work with, and met the needs of women and girls in your country/area.

7.DRAW UP a Constitution and By-Laws. Assistance may be requested from the national YWCA. The Constitution will be presented for approval at the first Official meeting at a later date.

8.IDENTIFY the needs of women and girls in your country and community and develop program plans with the Organizing Committee. DETERMINE priorities.

9.DETERMINE the human resources needed. DEVELOP a tentative budget for financing programs and SEEK the necessary funding.

10.HOLD the first official, formal meeting. This meeting will elect the Board or Executive Committee and accept the organization’s Constitution and By-Laws.

11.REGISTER the branch according to the country’s laws after the former Organizing Meeting and acceptance of the Constitution/By-Laws. Thereafter a letter of request to affiliate with the national YWCA together with the constitution must be submitted for approval by the national YWCA Executive Committee through the National General Secretary.

The decision to proceed will be based on commitment, leadership, program and financial plans and a Constitution.