Each year, over 20,000 people pass through the doors of the Women's Building for a range of programs, services, and events.
Our programs work towards our mission in three key ways:
- Increasing the economic security of individual women and girls; through services for individuals.
- Building community among women, girls, and our allies; through cultural arts activities.
- Promoting social change to improve the status of women and girls; through education, capacity building and collaboration.
Community Resource Room
Our services are offered through our Community Resource Room (CRR). The services are designed to support low-income women but anyone who maintains our mission is welcome. All services are free and available in English and Spanish unless otherwise noted.
Community Resource Room Hours:
Immigrant Assistance Food Pantry Program
The Food Pantry intends to address the needs of a multicultural community of immigrants by providing culturally sensitive services such as access to quality food, nutrition classes, wellness activities; as well as, opportunities for community participation.
In partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank, the Immigrant Assistance Food Pantry provides over 160 immigrant families with the food they need every week. Cooking healthy meals in their own homes they are able to maintain their independence and a higher quality of life.
Organized in a farmers' market-style, clients select the foods that best meet their needs. From fresh fruits and vegetables to bread and rice, each client receives nutritious food that is otherwise unaffordable.
Mondays at 9:45am - 11:00am in the Audre Lorde Room (second floor). On-site registration is required every 6 months. Call for more information at 415-431-1180 ext. 11.
Information and Referrals
Through our information and referrals, we help connect individuals to resources and assistance on: housing, jobs and training, health services, legal advice, domestic services, immigration assistance and more. Call at 415-431-1180 ext. 11.
Low Cost Legal Advice
Annie Thorkelson, Attorney at Law, offers $1/minute legal advice and referrals every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 pm. This service provides a creative, personal and non-litigation forum for getting informal answers and creative solutions to legal questions, problems, and conflicts on most kinds of legal matters and questions that arise every day for ordinary San Franciscans. No registration is required.
Legal Aid Immigration Attorney
Tala Hartsough, our Immigration Attorney, is available on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30pm in the Childcare Room (second floor). No registration is required. Free and Bilingual (Spanish-English)
In partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank, the Women's Building provides bilingual assistance regarding how to apply for CalWorks, CalFresh, and Medi-Cal every Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00pm in the Community Resource Room.
Assistance provided in English, Spanish, and every third Thursday of the month - in Cantonese.
Please call Mon-Fri to make an appointment. (415) 431-1108 ext. 11
Community Technology Lab
Our Lab promotes digital literacy, primarily for women, to provide them with new economic and social freedom that redefines them as persons of value in their communities. When women become digitally literate they break stereotypes and become full and equal participants of their communities.
Access to Technology
Our Technology Lab located on the first floor provides free and open access to computers and Internet, a printer, and copy machine (donation per page). Mon-Tu- Th and Fri 1-5 pm and Wed 1-7 pm.
One-on-One Technology Assistance and/or Basic Computer Literacy Training
Participants can drop-in or make an appointment for individual assistance with computers and technology; all levels are encouraged. Bring a specific question/topic, or come to discover something new! We have also started a basic computer literacy certificate program.
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 1-5pm. Call to make an appointment at (415) 431-1180 ext 11.
Job Search Assistance
In pursue of economic justice and gender equality, the Job Search program envisions a diverse community of women from different background with access to a full tool kit to find and secure a job; as well as, information on worker rights and referrals for training and education.
Through our job search program, we provide assistance with writing resumes, cover letters, general job search strategies, and interviewing techniques.
Call Mon-Fri to schedule an appointment. (415) 431-1180 ext 11.
Free Income Tax Preparation
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation to hard working taxpayers earning up to $52,000 annually. VITA helps working families take advantage of all of the tax credits they are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and education credits. Certified volunteers from the community help prepare basic, current year tax returns for eligible taxpayers free of charge.
What is VITA | Hours and Services (Spanish & English)
The Women's Building provides free and low-cost yoga for those looking to connect with their breathing while having fun developing core strength. Pre-registration not required.
Monday: 9:00-10:00 am in the Auditorium. Free and bilingual (Spanish-English).
Thursday: 2:30-3:30 pm. Free classes in English.
This class combines various forms of dance (hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, Bollywood) and aerobics for a high-impact, exciting workout. Pre-registration not required.
Friday: 9:00-10:00 am in the Auditorium, first floor. Donation based and bilingual (English-Spanish).