Stand Against Racism
Area residents are invited to join the YWCA on Friday, April 27 as it marks the national Stand Against Racism. School children and staff will march from Westfield Academy and Central School to the YWCA at the end of the school day and convene in the gym at 4 p.m.
"The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together, acknowledging the diversity in each community and encouraging conversations," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We engage the kids, encourage adults to join us with the overall goal of having our actions demonstrate our commitment to the YWCA mission - eliminate racism."
The event is free, open to the public and will include refreshments and entertainment. No reservations are needed.
Indoor yard sale
Doors will open on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m., for the YWCA indoor yard sale.
"There are a number of individuals setting up their own tables, the YWCA has received a quantity of donations and there are new arrivals each day," Priscilla Malarkey, YWCA board member and event chair, said. "We're very excited about the response and invite everyone to stop by and find their treasures. Lunch will be available after 11 a.m. We've planned a bake sale and we're looking for a great turnout. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA youth programs."
The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner has passed the Notary Public requirements for New York State and is now qualified to offer those services.
"We continue to reach out to the community, to invite them into the YWCA," Sunday-Warner said. "This is another service we can provide to our members and others who may need materials notarized."
No appointment is required, but individuals are encouraged to call the YWCA at 326-2011 and check on Sunday-Warner's availability.
Arts and Crafts Festival
Planning continues for the annual YWCA Arts and Crafts Festival.
"Volunteer teams have been formed, program ads are available, entertainment has been booked and we've added a balloon man," YWCA board president Ivy Higginbotham said. "This is a special year for the YWCA and the festival. It's the 40th anniversary year overall and the 20th year the YWCA has been the sponsor. We're working to enhance the festival, to add some new attractions, to bring back some of the most favorite activities and set the stage for another 40 years. Anyone interested in being a vendor, having an ad in our program or joining our volunteer teams is encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011. This is a don't miss event."
YWCA mission and affiliation statement
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, dignity and freedom for all. The YWCA Westfield is a member of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the northeast region of YWCA and an affiliate of the national YWCA. You can find the YWCA Westfield on the web at www.ywcawestfield.org or check it out on Facebook.