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YWCA Westfield 08/30/12

September 5, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Donation Received

Recently the YWCA Westfield was awarded $100 grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, or NCCF, on behalf of Dale Mathews. Mathews was the winner of one of the daily drawings that took place during the Chautauqua County Fair. At the NCCF booth, fair goers were invited to enter a drawing for the chance to be "philanthropist for a day." Each winner drawn chose their favorite charity to receive the $100 grant.

"My kids have participated in the after school programs offered by the YWCA," Mathews said. "They had a lot of fun, learned a lot so this was a good choice for my donation."

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Recently the YWCA Westfield was awarded $100 grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation on behalf of Dale Mathews. From left to right are: YWCA board member Valerie Champlin; board vice president Dana Corwin; board chair Ivy Higginbotham; agency executive director Katie Smith; and philanthropist for a day Mathews.

For more information about the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, contact them at 366-4892. More details about YWCA Westfield programs are available by calling the YWCA at 326-2011.

Staff promotion announced

The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce the promotion of Julie Devlin to Advantage Afterschool Program Coordinator, beginning with the 2012 school year. Devlin is a cum laude graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in psychology and has earned a Level 2 qualification in children's care, learning and development and certification in advanced practices working with children and families from Omagh College in Northern Ireland.

Devlin joined the YWCA staff in November of 2010 and has worked as a Preschool program aide, after school team leader and most recently as interim youth services coordinator and girls' summer program coordinator. In her new role as AASP coordinator, Devlin will be responsible for the development, planning and implementation of the Advantage After School Program.

"After living in Northern Ireland and returning to the area, I have been warmly welcomed," Devlin said. "I am thrilled to be given this opportunity, my experiences with the families and children in Westfield have been so positive and I look forward to having another wonderful year with the YWCA."

"We are pleased to move Julie into this position," YWCA Child Services Director Brenda Backus said. "She brings a wealth of experience with her and her long term knowledge of the children we serve and the YWCA programming is a great benefit to everyone."

To reach Devlin and learn more about the YWCA Youth Services and the Advantage After School Program, call the administrative office at 326-4012.

Preschool open house

The YWCA Preschool Program continues to accept registrations for the 2-, 3- and 4-year-old classes. Classes begin the week of Monday, Sept. 17 and parent's night for this program is Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Parents of children already registered are invited to attend, and any others interested in learning more about the program are welcome. The YWCA offers an on-site wrap around day care center as well for children 33 months through school age. All of the YWCA childcare programs offer a scholarship scale and accept Department of Social Services Child Care Assistance.

Advantage After School Program

The Advantage After School Program parent orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m., at Westfield Academy and Central School. Parents of children already enrolled should plan to attend this session, and anyone interested in learning more about this after school program is encouraged to attend.

The YWCA Advantage After School Program has a limited number of openings in the elementary portion of the program. The portion of the program serving middle and high school has open enrollment throughout the year. Interest forms and registration packets have been sent home to students in those grades. Contact Program Coordinator Julie Devlin at 326-4012 for additional information.

Before School Program

The YWCA Before School Program will begin on the first day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 5. This program is held at the Westfield school and has limited openings. Contact Child Services Director Brenda Backus at 326-4012 to enroll.

Universal Prekindergarten

The YWCA Universal Prekindergarten parent night is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., in the UPK classroom at Westfield school. Materials, including the list of paperwork required, has been mailed to families with students enrolled in the UPK class.

Holiday closing

The YWCA administrative offices, child care programs and youth services will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. The offices will reopen on Tuesday. Preschool day care will be available Tuesday and child care services will be available only by pre-registration.

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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