The Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO District Association Dachau) is a German welfare organisation with a democratic and federal structure, based on local memberships and voluntary commitment. The AWO offers social services for people seeking advice and help from all walks of life, without questioning the individual's ethnic, political or religious affiliation.
The AWO was founded on 13 December 1919 by the Social Democrat Marie Juchacz (1879-1956) as the main committee for workers' welfare in the SPD to alleviate the suffering of the people after the end of the war. Banned during the National Socialist era, the association was re-established after the Second World War in 1946/1947. The AWO stands for a politically neutral and denomination-independent free democratic and socially designed basic community order. The AWO's value-based social and political commitment is based on solidarity, tolerance, freedom, equality and justice.
The Dachau district association provides educational and youth social work, is involved in working with people with disabilities and senior citizens by offering assisted living and an outpatient service. The association also runs a women's shelter, a multi-generational shelter and senior citizen clubs.
AWO Dachau currently operates eleven different day-care centres for children in Dachau town and district, which care for around 1,000 children. In addition, the AWO offers children and young people lunchtime supervision as well as an open all-day school with support for years 5-10 all day. Disabled children and children at risk of disability receive adequate support and funding as part of an inclusion programme.