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Mission of the YWCA of WNY

Eliminating racism, empowering women.

The YWCA of Western New York was organized in 1870 to seek out and provide for the wants of the poor of the city and to furnish a boarding home for young girls and women. Over time, emphasis shifted to benefit all women and their families.

Today, the YWCA of Western New York is celebrating nearly 140 years of continued services. 

Racial Justice and Women's Economic Advancement are the hallmark programs of the YWCA.

Programs of the YWCA of WNY include day care, school-age care, transitional housing for women including victims of domestic violence, education and empowerment for girls, career, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth, and subsidized housing for seniors.

Headquartered at The School House Commons at 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, The YWCA of WNY is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) membership organization governed by an all female Board of Directors.  

Last year, the YWCA of WNY served over 8,000 individuals.


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The YWCA of WNY is a United Way Agency.
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