YWCA Westfield participates in movement to end violence against women

WESTFIELD – The YWCA Westfield recently took part in the One Billion Rising worldwide movement holding a dance party designed to demonstrate the need for reform and activism around the abuse of women. This awareness campaign focused on the fact that one in three women worldwide would be abused in their lifetime, translating to one billion women.

“It was especially significant in the United States since advocacy groups are working to have the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized,” YWCA board member and organizer Loreen Ginnitti said.

This is an annual event and more details and background are available on the One Billion Rising website, www.onebillionrising.org.

Other upcoming events and announcements from the YWCA include the following:

Anti-bullying campaign

Anyone interested and willing to stand against bullying is invited to join the YWCA, Westfield Mayville Rotary Club, the Brocton and Chautauqua Lake Interact Clubs and the SUNY Fredonia Rotaract Club on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the YWCA.

“We’re planning to set up a photo to demonstrate we ‘stand against bullying,'” Rotary President John Hamels said. “We all realize bullying is a problem. Kids need someone to turn to and this photo will let them see people throughout the community that stand ready to help them. We’ll use social media, flyers and other mailings to get the word out.”

There is no cost associated with this, no reservations are required and it’s open to all ages. Light refreshments will be available after the photo.

Credit cards

The YWCA now accepts Master Card and Visa at the main office.

“We’re pleased to offer our members the option of paying their dues with the credit card and adding fitness visits to their account,” administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. “We expect this will be more convenient for parents who use our child care services as well as individuals who rent meeting rooms and overnight accommodations.”

Credit cards will only be taken at the main office during traditional business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Spaghetti dinner

The annual YWCA spaghetti dinner is set for Monday, March 18 at the YWCA.

“This is a fundraiser for our child services programs,” Child Services Director Brenda Backus said. “In addition to the full meal, we offer a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds are used to help cover the costs associated with supplies, field trips and scholarships offered in our child services programs.”

Pre-sale ticket prices remain $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available at the Y beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Westfield has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 16. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. More details will be provided as the date nears.

Spa Day

YWCA Spa Day is scheduled for Friday, May 1.

“We’re trying a new day and a new time,” Executive Director Katie Smith said. “This should make it easier for our providers and technicians to participate as well as give those who attend a great evening experience. It remains a work in progress, but we’d love to hear from anyone willing to provide a service.”

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 14787 and the phone number is 326-2011.