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We're seeking former campers, stories, pictures from YWCA Camp Forty Acres, now Evangola State Park. » Read more

Safe, fun, educational, & affordable program offered to assist busy parents. » Read more

All girls ages 9–13 (grades 3–6) are cordially invited to attend our FREE summer camp. » Read more

Fourth annual Ten Nation Soccer Tournament & Ethnic Festival celebrating the refugees living in WNY, and the diversity of cultures, experiences, and assets they bring to our community. » Read more

Benefit For YWCA Family Court Children's Drop-in Center. » Read more

Event launch reception in honor of National Women's History Month, the second annual exhibition from our archives, going back to the inception of the YWCA in 1870. » Read more

Opening night cocktail party and auction to kick off month-long exhibition and sale of works created by women artists to benefit women & families in WNY. » Read more

The goal is simple: increase the number of strong, well-prepared candidates running for elected office at every level. » Read more

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e-Mail us your contact information at info@ywca-wny.org.

YWCA of WNY History
View a slide show of historical photos.

The School House Commons Housing For Low-Income Seniors, located at 1005 Grant Street, has openings.

Upcoming Event:
Founding Mothers: Buffalo & YWCA's Leading Women
The third annual event featuring the YWCA's historic archives

YWCA of WNY is pleased to announce the 3rd annual event featuring our 144 year-old archives, celebrating our Founding Mothers and honoring today's outstanding local women leaders. The program will benefit education and job readiness programming for at-risk youth and Girls Inc.

2014 Honorees:
Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., President/CEO,  The Buffalo Zoo
Erin Heaney, Director, Clean Air Coalition
Christina Orsi, Regional Director, Empire State Development WNY
Stephanie Simeon, Executive Director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods
Janet Sung, M.D., Founder,  Windsong Radiology
Gretchen Toles, Past Chair, Buffalo Friends of the Olmsted Parks

Please join us for a wine reception at Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel located at 1411 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The exhibition will also be on display for several weeks following the reception in the Larkin at Exchange main lobby and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (Wilcox Mansion).

At this time we are seeking sponsorships, donations, and registrations. All proceeds directly support youth programming and do not support the exhibition itself.

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YWCA is proud to partner on the first collaboration of YWCA & TEDxYouth:
Imagine That!
The inaugural TEDxYouth@Buffalo event, Thursday, March 27, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Buffalo State College
Mildred Campbell Social Hall
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

The conference will also be held via (live stream) satellite viewing at YWCA’s School House Commons, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14207 and through the TEDxYouth@Buffalo website.

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The Women’s Business Center at Canisius College & YWCA of WNY
cordially invite you to
43North: Buffalo’s Global Business Plan Competition
Featuring Christina Orsi, Regional Director, Empire State Development Corporation
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Canisius College
Grupp Fireside Lounge
Second Floor, Richard E. Winter Student Center
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

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Make your annual donation to protect YWCA's services

The YWCA of Western New York needs your help! We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to make your annual donation to preserve the services offered by the YWCA to women, girls, and families of Western New York.

Why we especially need your help this year

With New York State and federal governments still in financial crises, much of the traditional support that funded critical community programs run by YWCA was dramatically reduced or eliminated. Cuts from the federal sequester are only just beginning to take effect. The economy has not yet made the turn toward recovery.

  • At-risk youth education eliminated by New York State: our YWCA suffered the total loss of a state grant that helped at-risk teens graduate high school and prepare for jobs or college. Girls. Inc. funding was also eliminated. We remain committed to running this program at some level during the school year and in the summer.
  • Domestic violence safe houses may close: Federal government cuts of 30% are likely to our domestic violence housing programs that aid impoverished, battered women and children as they try to get back on their feet and stay safe.

Despite the financial hardships that this economy brings we are very optimistic about the prospects for the future. Our YWCA has served Western New York since 1870, and we intend to be here and going strong in 2070.

How you can help

Click here to donate, or you can download a donation form that describes our basic programs, print and mail to:

1005 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

This is a non-event, so no banquet chicken is involved, which we hope you'll appreciate!

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Combat violence against women and girls
Learn more about legislation and how you can take action to improve the lives of women

The actions of our government have an enormous impact on the lives of women and girls across this country. Learn more about legislation, elected officals, federal agencies, and how you can take action to improve the lives of women and girls. See the links below:

Support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

Learn about the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA):

About the YWCA of Western New York
Since 1870, the YWCA of WNY has drawn together members of our community to empower women, families, and individuals toward a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.

Today, the YWCA of WNY provides a range of programs including affordable day care and school-age care, transitional housing for women including victims of domestic violence, career, education and leadership programs for at-risk youth, and subsidized housing for seniors.  We also participate in events and advocacy in support of the YWCA mission.

The YWCA of WNY is a United Way Agency.
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