Students aged 11 to 15 who are interested in becoming trained and certified babysitters are encouraged to call the YWCA to add their name to a class list. Once enough people are interested, a class scheduled. Classes traditionally meet on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and provide those in attendance with first aid, home safety guidelines and emergency training. Those who complete the class receive a variety of take home materials and written proof of their training. The class cost is $35 per person, but financial aid is available. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to register interest.
Arts and Crafts keepsake
"To mark the 40th year of the festival and the 20th year of YWCA sponsorship, we are publishing a keepsake Arts and Crafts program," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "Any area businesses, organizations or individuals interested in advertising in the program are encouraged to contact the YWCA soon. There has been a great response from the business community and we don't want anyone to be left out. We are featuring information on the vendors, a history of the festival submitted by Linda Dunn, special recognition of the teams of volunteers that work the festival and a wealth of facts about the YWCA, the area and the festival in general."
Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for details about being included in the program.
Arts and Crafts vendors
Spaces still remain for the annual YWCA arts and crafts festival. The outdoor event, held in Moore Park on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, will continue to accept applications on a space available basis. Artists and craftspeople who have personally created items for sale are encouraged to visit the YWCA website at www.ywcawestfield.org or call 326-2011 for more details and information about the show.
"While the YWCA makes every effort to be available and in the building at 58 South Portage during business hours Monday through Friday each week, we are a small staff and often pulled in different directions," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We encourage people to call and make appointments or check ahead to make sure staff is available to serve them. In addition to day time hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there is staff available on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m."
The YWCA offices can be reached at 326-2011 and there is an answering machine for messages.
Affordable Health Care Act
The following is an excerpt from a statement by YWCA interim CEO Gloria Lau.
"Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling is a victory for all Americans, particularly for women. Now that the Affordable Care Act has been found to be valid under the U.S. Constitution, millions of individuals will be covered by health insurance for the first time leading to better health outcomes and lower costs for women and their families. The ACA has already provided significant benefits to women and children and more protections are on the horizon once all of the provisions of the ACA take effect. The list of tangible benefits for female patients is extensive beginning with the fact that women no longer have to pay a co-pay or deductible for basic, preventive care like mammograms, pap smears and prenatal care. Starting this August, women of all socioeconomic backgrounds will be able to obtain contraception, visit their gynecologist annually, be screened for gestational diabetes, get breastfeeding counseling and supplies and be screened for sexually transmitted infections all at no extra or out-of-pocket cost. These ACA provisions will save lives and money, promote health and prevent acute illness in the long run."
More of her response and the YWCA position on the ACA ruling can be found at www.YWCA.org.
The YWCA Westfield reminds area residents that administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner is a Notary Public for New York State and is able to offer notary services.
"We continue to reach out to the community to invite them into the YWCA" Sunday-Warner said, "This is another service we can provide to our members and others who may need materials notarized."
No appointment is required, but individuals are encouraged to call the YWCA at 326-2011 and check on Sunday-Warner's availability.
Dollar days extended
The YWCA Westfield has announced the dollar day special on fitness visits will be extended. Until Monday, July 9, YWCA fitness members can purchase fitness visits for $1 each.
"This special has been well received," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of the savings."
A current, valid membership is needed to use fitness visits, but new or renewal memberships will be available at the same time. Adult membership is $20 and senior citizen membership is $12. Memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase. There is no limit to the number of visits that can be added to an account, and the visits remain available as long as the membership is current.
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. worldwide. YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Locally the YWCA Westfield is a member of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Region of YWCA and the national YWCA organization.