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YWCA Westfield

October 10, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Voting advocacy

The national office of the YWCA has put together a website - created by women for women - about the election issues that affect women the most. It explains the history of each issue and the government's current stance, as well as what needs to be done to ensure women have healthy and productive futures in the United States.

So, check out the YWCA's website about election issues at

Both the local and the national YWCA encourage women to make every effort to register and vote in the November elections.

Standing together, voting together, united, women can continue to make progress towards greater equality for every woman.

Zumba classes

Zumba class continues each Wednesday evening at the YWCA beginning at 6:30 p.m. Classes are led by Holly Spoon. There is no pre-registration required, walk-ins are welcome and there is a $5 fee payable at the door. Participants are encouraged to bring water, a floor mat or towel.

Turn on the Pink

The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce it is a local sales outlet for the pink light bulbs designed to be used during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The light bulbs are available for $3 each and can be purchased at the Y during business hours. Pink wristbands and support cards are also available at the YWCA office for $1 donation. In addition the YWCA is working on a team for the "Making Strides Walk" on Sunday, Oct. 14. Anyone interested in walking with the YWCA or making a donation is encouraged to contact the YWCA.

Membership renewals

Renewal notices have been mailed to YWCA members.

"We've grouped the remainder of 2012 together and sent the notices out this week," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "This will allow people to plan their year end expenses and continue their support of the YWCA. Dues from our members are a significant portion of our operating budget and we appreciate the support."

Membership rates remain at $20 for adults, $12 for seniors and can be mailed to the office at 58 S. Portage St., hand delivered or left in the mail slot in the office opposite the fitness center.

Lights on Afternoon

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the YWCA After School Advantage Program will be celebrating National Lights on Afternoon - an event to mark the importance and success of after school programs.

According to program coordinator Julie Devlin, the students are engaged in a petition drive advocating continued funding for after school programs. They have designed light bulbs that represent bright ideas developed during the after school program and each age group is working on a performance that will be shared during the celebration. Details and specifics will be sent home will all the after school advantage program participants and any members of the public interested in attending are encouraged to contact Devlin at 326-4012.

Fitness survey

During the month of October, the fitness members of the YWCA will be asked to complete a short survey.

"We are beginning to plan for 2013 and we are interested in hearing from our fitness members" executive director Katie Smith said. "Thanks to member donations and a gift from Fairpoint Communications we were able to do some upgrades in the fitness center, but we know there is more to do. Asking for member input will help us prioritize and make sure we are meeting their needs."

The survey will be available throughout the month.

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.

The YWCA Westfield was chartered in 1906 and 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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