Limited spots remain in the Saturday, Sept. 29 babysitting class. The class, led by a certified trainer, is open to students aged 11 to 15. During the class, students will learn basic first aid, child care procedures and emergency procedures. In addition there will be a financial piece included, designed to help the students learn about charging for babysitting services, saving and spending their earnings. There is a $25 fee and pre-registration is required. Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details and to register.
Adult exercise classes continue to meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. This hour-long class is led by volunteer Ann Cochrane. and while it provides structure and support, each attendee is encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level. YWCA membership is required, but there is no additional fee for the class.
Making Strides campaign
The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The YWCA has created a walking team and is looking for walkers and financial donations. On Sunday, Oct 14, staff, friends, neighbors and other supporters will walk around the Jamestown Community College neighborhood in this annual fundraising effort. Details about the walking team are available through the American Cancer website, www.makingstridesagainstbreastcancer.org. Look through the team listing for YWCA Women.
Advantage After School
Under the direction of Chautauqua Works liaison Kate Piazza and YWCA Advantage Leader John Emmons, students in the AASP Career Club will be hiking through Chautauqua Gorge later in September.
"The students will walk through the gorge and have a scavenger hunt while there," Advantage After School Program Coordinator Julie Devlin said. "They will work on leadership skills, team work and cooperation during this outing."
The Advantage After School Program is operated by the YWCA Westfield at the Westfield school. The programs provides after school supervision, supervised activities, homework help, tutoring assistance and select field trips. For more information on the program, contact Julie Devlin at 326-2011.
Zumba classes are offered at the YWCA Westfield each Wednesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. The classes are led by certified instructor Holly Spoon. There is a $5 fee for each class, payable at the door. No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.
YWCA Memberships can be renewed through the mail or by visiting the office.
"The agency has created a membership data base," administrative assistant Michele Warner-Sunday said. "That helps us quickly and easily let people know when they are due for renewal. We don't routinely make renewal cards, but members who like to have a membership card are encouraged to ask for one, we're happy to accommodate those requests."
YWCA memberships are annual renewals. They remain at $20 for adults, $12 for seniors and are available to both men and women. Membership revenues are used to support agency programs and promote the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.
Connect with the YWCA
YWCA news and information is available by visiting the offices at 58 S. Portage St., calling 326-2011, visiting www.ywcawestfield.org or following the Y on Facebook. The Facebook pages are listed for the YWCA Westfield and YWCA Westfield Arts and Crafts.
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. Since 1904, the YWCA Westfield 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 provider of child care services, before and after school care and an advocate for women's rights. The agency 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.