Child care available
The YWCA Westfield has openings in several of its childcare programs. Parents can take advantage of preschool day care services, before school care or the After School Advantage Program. Daycare is offered to children ages 33 months through school age. Before and after school care is offered to students enrolled in Westfield Academy and Central School. Each program provides supervision and structure to the kids, learning opportunities and time for play. More information related to enrollment, the fee structure, days and times is available by contacting the YWCA Child Services Office at 326-4012
Arts and crafts volunteers
Volunteer teams for the July 26 and 27 Arts and Crafts festival are being formed.
"We have a great core group of volunteers," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We're opening that opportunity up to the community. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the festival is put together, you can be on the front lines of activity, meet a lot of great people and help out the YWCA - all by signing onto one of our volunteer teams."
Spots are available on the green team, the parking team, the welcome team and the setup and take down team. Anyone interested in more details about each team or who is ready to sign up is encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westfield Volunteer Fire Department firefighters continues to be eligible for reduced rates at the YWCA fitness center. To take advantage of this offer, WFD members are invited to visit the YWCA or talk with fire department representative Steve Pacanowski.
It's not to early to mark the calendar for the YWCA spaghetti dinner. This year's event will be held on Monday, March 18 and features spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. In addition, the popular silent auction and 50/50 drawing will again be offered. Businesses or individuals interested in donating to the dinner or the auction are invited to contact Child Services Director Brenda Backus at 326-4012. Proceeds from the dinner, auction and drawing support the child care programs at the YWCA.
Senior exercise class
The adult exercise class continues to meet each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the YWCA gym. This volunteer led group is open to anyone 60 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, and no reservations are needed. Each participant is encouraged to work at their own pace, chairs are provided for balance and the leader provides the support and encouragement needed. There is no fee for the class, but a YWCA membership and signed waiver are required for attendance. More details are available by calling the Y or visiting the class.
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 and the phone number is 326-2011.