Christmas in the Village
The YWCA Westfield hosted the after tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 16. Area families returned to the YWCA after the ceremony in Moore Park. Arianne Correll and Tom Brown provided hot chocolate, cookies and punch, the Kiwanis Club sold hot dogs, frito pies and soda. Santa Claus was on hand to talk with the youngest children and a movie was featured in the gym. "This was the perfect start to the holiday season," said YWCA Board Member Valerie Champlin. "It was wonderful to see our building full of families and happy children and we look forward to being a part of this tradition for years to come."
Area residents gathered at the YWCA on Friday, Nov. 16, after the tree-lighting ceremony in Moore Park. Santa was on hand to meet and greet the youngsters, Arrianne Correll and Tom Brown provided hot chocolate, cookies and punch for the group while the Kiwanis Club offered hot dogs, soda and frito pies for sale.
The YWCA After School Advantage Program was able to mark Veterans Day in a special way and make a personal connection. Students in the program made Veterans Day gifts and signed a huge thank you card to the men and women stationed at the AFB in Seattle, Wash. Advantage Staff Member Cassie Allesie's brother is stationed there and assigned to a United States Air Force refueling unit. The children and staff at the YWCA Westfield wish to thank all servicemen and women around the world for their hard work and dedication to preserving the American way of life.
YWCA Gift Certificates are available and make the perfect holiday gift. They are available in any denomination to be used towards rentals or can be purchased specifically for memberships and fitness visits.
Once again the YWCA will offer Dollar Day specials on fitness visits. From Nov. 30 through December 21 fitness visits can be purchased for $1 each. Gift certificates are available so friends and family members may give others the gift or members may add these visits to their personal account. The YWCA accepts cash or checks.
Hanging of the Greens
The annual Hanging of the Greens will be held at the YWCA on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. "In reality the greens are already hung and the building is decorated for the holidays," reported YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith. "In YWCA history this occasion has always been referred to as the hanging of the greens and we've kept with the tradition. Community members are welcome to visit the YWCA and share light refreshments with our staff, board members and trustees. No reservations are require, everyone is welcome."
Planning for the annual Spa Day is continuing. On Feb. 9, 2013, the YWCA will be hosting a health, wellness, beauty day that will also feature a selection of workshops and seminars on women's issues. Tickets will be on sale late in January, businesses, organizations or individuals interested in being a vendor are asked to contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
Overnight rentals, meeting rooms, a dining hall and kitchen are available at the YWCA for rent. "our facilities can be used by YWCA members as well as the general public," reported Nancy Tresler, facilities manager at the YWCA. "We have a fee structure in place that is quite reasonable, we can sleep up to 12 people in our five bedrooms and we have seating for 70 in our dining room."
Available dates and prices area are posted on the YWCA website, or interested parties are invited to call the Y at 716.326.2011 or stop in for a personal tour.
The YWCA Westfield is a member of the National YWCA a women's advocacy organization with affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA centers on "empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." Locally the YWCA Westfield is a United Way partner and a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
The mailing address for the YWCA is 58 S. Portage St., Westfield, NY 14787, the phone number is 326-2011 and the website is ywca.westfield.org. The YWCA can also be found on Facebook.