WHO WE ARE

The YWCA has been serving our community for over 125 years. In 1887, a home was established for young women leaving farms to work in industry. Since then, the YW’s programs have grown and evolved to meet community needs.

 

 

 

OUR YOUTH

We are the largest child care provider in Chemung County, offering quality care for pre-school through 6th grade. Our Kids World & Summer Enrichment programs serve over 700 children daily after school and holidays at 17 sites. Our Youth Leading the Way programming offers your middle and high school student after school programs and activities to keep them safe and involved while you work.

 

 “We’d be lost without Kids World. If my 9 year old son didn’t have a safe, fun place to go to after school, I couldn’t keep working. My son loves Kids World, and looks forward to it everyday. Since he started in Sept, his behavior and grades are already better."   
 Single Mother of Four, Parent

 

 

YOUR HEALTH

The YWCA’s Women’s Breast Health program has a certified “fitter” in our Pink Boutique who can fit a breast cancer patient properly with a quality prostheses, mastectomy bra and swimwear. They are also happy to fit any woman properly for any bra or swimwear. We provide breast surgery patients with a FREE post-operative camisole. We provide some emergency funding for breast cancer survivors. 

 

“Thank you for the free camisole. It was so thoughtful to recognize a basic need as well as lifting the spirit”.  
 Breast Cancer Survivor & Pink Boutique Client


 

YOUR WELLNESS

Our Water, Fitness & Recreation program has a heated pool, gym and health resources for you. We will teach your children how to swim.  We offer affordable and fun community swim times for families and groups.  We help you after you have had surgery or suffer from arthritis with our rehabilitative therapy aqua classes.  You can take an Aqua-Dance, Karate or Silver Foxes class.

 

"I am so thankful I was able to use the pool to strengthen myself between medical treatments"
 Aqua Rehab Client

OUR HISTORY

 

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OUR MISSION VALUES

 

YWCA IS DEDICATED TO ELIMINATING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND PROMOTING PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIGNITY FOR ALL.

COURAGE 
We have the collective strength to face the biggest challenges and work toward a more just and equitable society that benefits everyone.

COMPASSION
We believe that impacting lives begins with understanding individual needs.
We listen, we learn and we respond

COMMITMENT
We are the oldest and largest multiracial women's organization in the world.
We have always been--and will always continue to be--leaders for racial justice and women's empowerment

 

 

Our Board of Directors

 

Sara Lattin- President
Kelly Long- Vice President  
Meghan Rose -Treasurer  
Laura Bennett - Secretary

Kim Balok-Middaugh

Helen Czajkowski
Tonya Delige

Adriana Giancoli

Sarah Hammer

Kelly Williams 
 

OUR CEO

 

Like the majority of people in Elmira, I spent my youth in the YWCA pool and am now excited to be part of the team responsible for its future.  We are proud to be part of a national organization that has been on the forefront of the most critical social movements for more than 150 years— from women’s empowerment and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care.

 

In Elmira we have been supporting and empowering women and families for over 125 years with quality and affordable child care, women's health services, recreation and fitness classes, and education in a variety of areas. 

 

This year we have realigned, revamped, and revitalized our services and facilities but our purpose has never changed - to serve our community in as many ways as possible.  We are proud to live here and have the opportunity to serve you, our family and friends.

 

As we continue to evolve and grow we invite you to participate whether it be membership, attending events, using our services, donating, or just stopping by to see our changes. 

 

Thanks for your continued support of this amazing organization!

 

 

 

 

Michele Johnson | Chief Executive Officer

T: 607.733.5575  F: 607-733.9524

E: michelej@ywcaelmira.org

YWCA Elmira & The Twin Tiers

211 Lake Street
Elmira NY, 14901

 

Michele Johnson, CEO

michelej@ywcaelmira.org

 

Liza HableDirector of  Administration

 - lizah@ywcaelmira.org

 

Jaime Wilcox, Accounting Specialist/ Childcare Billing - billing@ywcaelmira.org

 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS


Debbie Semski, Kids World Director debbies@ywcaelmira.org

 

A'Don Allen, Youth Services Director adona@ywcaelmira.org

 

Harolyn GiordanoCFm, Breast Health/Pink Boutique  

harolyng@ywcaelmira.org

 

Christine (Chris) Smith, Recreation & Fitness Director

 - chriss@ywcaelmira.org

 

 

 

 

The YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers also employs 10 PT lifeguards, 3 FT/PT UPK teachers assistants and 60 FT/PT Kids World Staff

For employment opportunities click here!

OUR STAFF

YWCA ELMIRA & THE TWIN TIERS  |  211 Lake Street Elmira NY, 14901  |  (607) 733-5575

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Throughout our history, the YWCA has stood for service excellence and was the first organization to support women, children and families, through the promotion of peace, the elimination of racism, advocacy, education and self empowerment.