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Child Services Programs
Before School Program: Grades K-12
Advantage After School Program: Grades K-12
Free: Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Westfield Academy and Central Schools
The YWCA Girls' Program is dedicated to fostering self-esteem and developing leadership capabilities of girls from diverse backgrounds. Our program promotes habits, attitude and skills that encourage and inspire girls to reach their full potential. This fun enriching experience is for girls ages 8-13 years old.
Starting in January, the Girls' Program will meet every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Westfield Academy and Central Schools. We will also operate for 3 weeks during the summer, Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am. to 3:00 pm.
Examples of programming include a Lego League with the Girl Scouts which will hopefully be going to competition in the spring. We have also partnered with Girl Scouts, CASAC, Absolut Care of Westfield, The Thrifty Kitty, and the Westfield Community Kitchen for community service opportunities. We were able to offer home alone and first aid classes, and toured local businesses operated by women such as Westfield Optical, Westfield Community Pharmacy, and Cakes by Brandy. Other highlights include a field trip to the Westfield Water Department and to Starflight, Inc. to tour the helicopter hanger and speak with a pilot and a sheriff.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children)
Free: 2nd & 3rd Thursday by Appointment
Location: YWCA Westfield
The Official WIC program is available to low to moderate income pregnant women, recently delivered women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. Fathers can also bring their children to apply for WIC. You may apply for WIC if you are working or unemployed. Check the Income Guidelines Table to see if you are eligible for WIC. Appointments are made with WIC directly by calling (716) 366-3150 and held in the back gym using the side parking lot entrance.
Drop-Off Location for Begin Again Kits - BAK
As part of our mission to empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, the YWCA Westfield is proud to serve as a drop-off location for supplies for BAKs. A BAK is a Begin Again Kit put together by volunteers of donated items for women and their kids starting over after escaping a domestic violence situation.
They are always in search of the following:
Used in Good Repair or New
- Plastic Bins/Totes (to pack the kits)
- Plastic Laundry Baskets (to pack the kits in)
- Plates (sets of 4)*
- Bowls (sets of 4)*
- Silverware (sets of 4) *
- Glasses (sets of 4)*
- Coffee Mugs (sets of 4)*
- Pots and Pans
- Baking Sheets
- Baking Dishes
- Dish Drainers
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Bowls
- Cooking Utensils
- Plastic Kids' Cups/Plates/Silverware
- Can Openers
- Cutting Boards
*If you have plates, glasses, silverware, bowls, etc. but don’t have sets of 4, that’s okay, they will do their best to match them up with other sets
- Dish Detergent
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Reusable Dish Rags
Remember, ask yourself if you would use this item, is it in good condition, and is this safe to use? Additionally, they need newspapers or bubble wrap to keep the dishes from breaking. They are trying to make the BAK an environmentally friendly kit, so they try to pack the kits with items that can be re-used! Please consider giving your old dishes, pots and pans, etc. a home to someone in need! All BAKs will stay local in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua county. The BAKs will be handed out by local agencies supporting domestic violence victims to those need.