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.
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
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
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
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OUR MISSION & VALUES
YWCA IS DEDICATED TO ELIMINATING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND PROMOTING PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIGNITY FOR ALL.
We have the collective strength to face the biggest challenges and work toward a more just and equitable society that benefits everyone.
We believe that impacting lives begins with understanding individual needs.
We listen, we learn and we respond
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
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
YWCA Elmira & The Twin Tiers
211 Lake Street
Elmira NY, 14901
Michele Johnson, CEO
Liza Hable, Director of Administration
Debbie Semski, Kids World Director -
Katie Hastrich, UPK/Daycare Director
A'Don Allen, Youth Services Director -
Harolyn Giordano, CFm, Breast Health/Pink Boutique
Christine (Chris) Smith, Recreation & Fitness Director
The YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers also employs 10 PT lifeguards, 4 FT/PT UPK teachers assistants and 75 FT/PT Kids World Staff
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