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What services does the YWCA of the City of New York provide?

The YW is a multi-service organization providing services to under-resourced communities in New York City. Services are provided through 5 divisions: Early Learning Care, Elementary After-School Programs, Middle School After-School Programs, High School and College Bound Initiatives, and YW’s Girls Initiatives, which include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training for high school girls, and girl’s leadership and empowerment initiatives. Altogether, the YW offers dozens of programs across 15 locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The YW no longer offers housing accommodations, temporary housing or room rentals or job training services to under or unemployed women

How many people does the organization serve on a yearly basis?

The YW served over 2,500 women and their families in from July 2014 – June 2015.

Where does the YWCA of the City of New York operate?

Headquarters for the YWCA of the City of New York is located in the Financial District of Manhattan. Our programming locations are in Brownsville, Coney Island, East New York, Hell’s Kitchen, and Harlem.

Who does the organization serve on a yearly basis?

Serving over 2,500 women and families in New York yearly, the YW strives to eliminate racism, empower women and stand up for social justice. The YW does this by providing community-specific early learning and after school programming in 12 locations across Brownsville, Coney Island, East New York, Midtown West and Harlem, as well as girls leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training, open to all high school aged girls, in the YW’s Midtown West Family Resource Center.

The communities that the YW serves are distinct, culturally diverse areas whose economic progress has significantly lagged behind other neighborhoods in New York. The YW is committed to ensuring that these community’s children and families have access to the resources, tools and opportunities that they need to not only survive, but thrive.

Is the YWCA-NYC part of a larger YWCA movement?

The YWCA-NYC is independently owned and operated, but is connected to a worldwide network of sister YWCAs that serve 25 million people, in more than 100 countries. Throughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major social movements, serving as a pioneer in race relations and the empowerment of women.

How is the organization funded?

The YW is funded through a combination of public and private funding. The proportion of funding varies by program. The YW currently receives about 60 percent of its funding from city and state sources; the remainder is donated by foundations, corporations and individuals.

How can I make a contribution to the YWCA-NYC?

The YW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The YW accepts individual gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, stock gifts, legacies and bequests, matching gifts, United Way designations and in-kind contributions, such as printing, professional services or property. For more information, please contact the YW’s Development Officer for Institutional and Corporate Support, Jerin Arifa at 212-735-9708 or jArifa@ywcanyc.org. To make a contribution, Donate here.

How do I contact the YWCA-NYC?

Please see our Contact Us page.