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.
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.
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.
Learn more about legislation and how you can take action to improve the lives of women
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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.