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YWCA Westfield 07/12/12

July 18, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Arts and Crafts Volunteers

"As we move closer to the annual Arts and Crafts Festival we continue to recruit volunteers to help with this great weekend event" reported Ivy Higginbotham, YWCA Board Chair and volunteer coordinator. "Staff, board members, their friends and families are all on board for this, but we can always use more people to help us. There's opportunities during registration, the chance to meet some of the vendors and act as a booth sitter for them, we're looking for people will to do some carrying and moving . We can find a place for anyone interested in being a part of this 40th annual festival" she continued. Interested individuals are invited to contact the YWCA at 326.2011 for more details.

Summer Child Care

The school age child care program (SACC) for the summer is underway at the YWCA. Children ages 5 12 who are enrolled in the YWCA participate in Welch Field Activities, library programs and the village sponsored field trips. The day begins at the YWCA with breakfast; the children return to the Y for an afternoon snack pick up. For more information about the summer program and other youth services, contact Brenda Backus, Child Services Director at 326.4012.

Classes at the YWCA

During the summer months the Tuesday evening karate classes and the senior exercise classes held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings continue to meet. Both classes feature open enrollment and offer interested students the opportunity to observe a class with no cost or obligation. Contact the YWCA at 326.2011 for more details.

Fitness Center

The YWCA Workout Center continues regular hours over the summer months. The center is available to members from 5 am midnight 7 days a week. Access to the center is via a personal identification number PIN that is personally assigned. The fitness center is open to adults who hold valid YWCA memberships and have purchased a set number of visits to the center. Memberships for adults are $20 annually, senior membership is $12 and visits are traditionally sold in units of 30. For more details, please call the YWCA at 326.2011 or stop and visit.

July Board Meeting

The July meeting of the YWCA Westfield Board of Directors will be held Tuesday, July 17 at the YWCA. "We've had significant interest regarding joining our board," reported Nominating Committee Chair Ida Klahn. "invitations have been mailed for an upcoming new board member orientation; but we are always interested in talking to other area residents interested in serving on the board." She continued. "I encourage any individual interested in learning more about serving on the YWCA board to contact the agency at 326.2011 with their name and phone number and I will follow up with them."


Individuals considering rentals at the YWCA are encouraged to call and make their reservations as soon as their dates are set. "We're getting busier and our bedrooms and facilities are being used more and more" said facilities manager Nancy Tresler. "we love company, we look forward to our returning guests but we want to make sure we can accommodate them. It's not unusual to have every bedroom occupied, a party in the assembly room and a meeting in the living room! If you have out of town company coming or are planning an event, please make your reservations soon." More details are available on the YWCA website at, people are invited to contact the agency at 716.326.2011 or stop and visit the facility.

Paranormal Activity

The YWCA is partnering with Fredonia Ghost Hunters and Village to offer a special tour of the building on August 18th. A limited number of $20 tickets will be available. Ticket holders will tour the building and participate in small group meetings with the Fredonia Ghost Hunters to discuss any sightings or findings. Pre-Sale tickets will be available at the YWCA. More details at or through the Fredonia Ghost Hunters face book page.

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 1300 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.



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