Space remains for the Saturday, April 27 babysitting class at the YWCA. Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, there will be no charge. The class is open for students ages 11 to 15 interested in learning more about child care, responsible decision making, emergency first aid and more. Students are asked to bring a bag lunch and be at the YWCA by 9 a.m. Dismissal will be about 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to reserve a spot.
The YWCA is now able to accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. The cards may be used to purchase memberships and fitness visits as well as the rental fees associated with overnight accommodations or facility rentals. Also, day care services, pre-school tuition and other child care fees can be charged. Visit the main office or call for specific details.
Several health insurance companies offer their policy holders a health benefit, and the YWCA is a recognized provider through Independent Health.
"Individuals with Independent Health are invited to visit us and we will work with them to verify eligibility and link them to our fitness center," administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. "We are working with several other insurance companies as well to complete the enrollment process and become recognized providers."
Arts and Crafts
"Vendor reservations arrive every day," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "There's a mix of returning crafters and some new ones joining us, but space remains so we encourage anyone interested to inquire. We work to maintain the integrity of the show by featuring fine quality hand crafted items. This isn't a juried process, but a committee decision based on the work represented." Applications can be found on the YWCA website, www.ywcawestfield.org, or by calling 326-2011 and requesting one.
The YWCA Westfield reminds residents a notary public is on staff at the YWCA. Administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner has passed the Notary Public requirements for New York State and is qualified to offer those services. "we continue to reach out to the community, to invite them into the YWCA" Ms. 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 Ms. Sunday-Warner's availability.
The Tuesday evening free classes will continue through April 23 and 30. Albert Ramirez, a martial arts teacher originally from Spain, will be leading classes in Taekwondo and self-defense for women. The Taekwondo classes begin at 5:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 15 and classes for students 16 and up begin at 6:30 p.m. Self defense for women is for ages 14 and up and begins at 7:30 p.m. The classes are open, no membership is required and through April there will be no fees.
Westfield Volunteer Fire Department members continue to be eligible for reduced rates at the YWCA fitness center. To take advantage of this offer, WFD members are invited to visit the YWCA or talk with fire department representative Steve Pacanowski.
Facility and accommodation rentals
Individuals, groups or organizations interested in renting rooms at the YWCA are encouraged to call early and make their reservations.
"We are filling up for the summer and some of the most popular weekends are already fully booked," facility manager Nancy Tresler said. "There are five bedrooms for overnight stays plus the other meeting rooms that people are interested in using, but many dates are already taken. Call us at 326-2011 to inquire about availability and make reservations."
The YWCA Westfield is a member of the National YWCA, a women's advocacy organization with affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA centers on "empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." Locally, the YWCA Westfield is a United Way partner, a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Westfield Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The mailing address for the YWCA is 58 S. Portage St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787, and the phone number is 326-2011.