The YWCA is pleased to announce the results of the Advantage afterschool program audit and review.
In the fall of 2012, Charlene Lenig, Program Manager from the state Office of Children and Family Services visited Westfield school and the YWCA. Her findings were recently released and in every area reviewed the agency received a ranking of 3 (meets standards) or a 4 (above standard.) In her report, Lenig stated, "The program space provided by the school partner is generous and well suited for the variety of activities offered by the program. The program includes activities that promote self-esteem and youth choices. Staff was observed to be engaging and attentive to individual participants' needs during the program. I would like to commend you and your staff on your efforts to utilize the NYSAN (New York State Self Assessment) tool. It is clear that you are continuously looking for ways to improve your program." Her report went on to mention sound fiscal management practices and the well developed systems that are in place. "The YWCA has operated this after school program for several years," stated Brenda Backus, YWCA Child Services Director, "and we're pleased to have this positive response from our funder." For more information on the Afterschool Advantage Program Westfield, contact program coordinator Julie Devlin at 326-2014.
Pictured left to right are Charlene Lenig, program manager, state office of Children and Family Services; Julie Devlin, Advantage afterschool program coordinator, and Brenda Backus, YWCA child services director, looking over the results of the Advantage Afterschool program audit and review.
The annual YWCA Spa Day is set for Feb. 9 in the YWCA building at 58 S. Portage St. "We're continuing to talk to area professionals about offering spa services, several businesses and organizations will be represented" reported executive director Katie Smith. "This is a wonderful opportunity to support the YWCA and treat yourself to a day of pampering." A final provider list and tickets will be available soon.
Thanks to Members
The YWCA extends thanks to the members who made Dollar Days a success. During December and into the first part of January, the YWCA offered fitness visits for $1 each. Members were able to add any number of visits to their account for only $1 each. "Everyone makes that New Year's resolution to get in shape," said Michelle Sunday-Warner, administrative assistant at the YWCA. "We wanted to make it easy and affordable for our members. In total, over 1,000 visits were sold. These visits remain on account, making it easy for members to continue working out and reaching their goals." A YWCA adult membership is $25 annually; senior memberships are $15 and fitness visits are available in several levels. Contact the Y at 326-2011 for more details.
Classes at the YWCA
Adult Exercise, Zumba, karate and tumbling classes all continue to meet at the YWCA. Adult Exercise meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, Zumba meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, karate is scheduled for Tuesday evenings and the tumbling classes are held on Mondays. Each class has open, ongoing enrollment but its own registration and fee structure so interested individuals are encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
The YWCA reminds members of the community that there are bedrooms and meeting rooms available to accommodate their overnight guests or large gatherings. "Often when company comes there aren't enough bedrooms or the dining room doesn't hold all the family members for dinner, the YWCA is the perfect solution," said facilities manager Nancy Tresler. "We're pleased to be able to offer our facility for rent. The assembly room holds over 50 people and there is a full service kitchen included in that rental. I encourage people to call and learn more, schedule a visit and tour or to make their reservations."
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 and the phone number is 326-2011.