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  Monica Furtado, Branch Manager  Baycoast Bank
Kelli Munroe, Tourism Coordinator For Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau 
On December 1, 2016, YWCA members, guests, program participants, staff, volunteers, donors and board members gathered together to share their experien
ces at the YWCA.  Board President, Lena Pires welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their support and dedication to the YWCA and our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.  She also shared our annual report, new strategic plan, and workplan for  2017.

The YW CA was pleased to introduce five new board 
m embers:  Julie Duggan, Monica Furtado, Rebecca Laliberte, Lynne Mastera and Kelli Munroe.

Julie Duggan, Account Coordinator, Spherion Staffing
Volunteers, interns, donors, community
Lynne Mastera, Chief Financial Officer, Precix
partners, board members and staff worked diligently all year long to propel the YWCA's mission forward.  YWCA programs such as YWkids, Girls Exclusive, Mayor's Youth Council, Racial Justice, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Racial Justice, Residential Services, Widowed Persons Program and Leading Ladies are all uniquely designed to meet the needs of people in the community. The program participants were able to share their positive experiences and progress at the annual meeting. It is a reminder of why the existence of the YWCA is so important in the community.
Rebecca Laliberte Communications Manager at New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to all who attended the meeting and for all of those who continue to work and assist the YWCA with its mission.

#makinga difference#
#y wcasema#
 YWCA in the Community 
# onamission# #sprea dingawareness#
 Breast Cancer Awareness 2016
On October 22, 2016, the YWCA joined Alda's Angels for Diva's Night at the Century House.  This fashion show featured pink dresses from local stores modeled by breast cancer survivors and women currently  battling  breast cancer.  All of the proceeds support breast cancer patients and their families.   Escorts were men representing the U.S. Army, Air Force, and New Bedford Police Department. 

Thank you to Alda's Angels for their $1,000 donation to the YWCA for transportation to medical appointments for breast cancer patients.


Week Without Violence 2016 at Global Learning Charter Public School
On October, 17, 2016, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts visited Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford. An information table was set up in the school cafeteria and a large banner with a pledge against violence hung proudly against the wall. Students came by during lunchtime to sign the pledge, and collect pencils and "I pledge against violence" bookmarks. The bookmark served as a reminder to be kind to one another and advocate for one another. One student, stated "I want to help the YWCA with stopping people from being violent toward each other." The YWCA responded by encouraging the student to be kind to fellow peers and to report any violence that is witnessed."
Week Without Violence 2016 Clothesline Project Display at UMASS Dartmouth
On October 19, 2016, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts was at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Campus for the  Clothesline Project Di splay. From 10:00 A.M. until 1:30p.m. t-shirts that were designed by domestic violence survivors and their loved ones were displayed across the hall in the campus center. UMASS students walked by and observed the clothesline display. Some students were saddened at the powerful content of T-shirts. Some were inspired to create a T-shirt of their own due to being a survivor themselves. In the background of the display, the sound of a gong rang every 12 seconds to represent a woman being beaten every 12 seconds in America. Every 3 minutes, the cry of a whistle represented a woman who is raped every three minutes in America. A painful ringing of bells occurred every 15 minutes, representing a woman who dies of abuse every 15 minutes in America.
Awareness was raised and students want to continue to help advocate against violence in our community. Survivors also want to participate in their process of healing.

#childrenare the future# #on a mission #
 YWkids School Age Program
My name is Barbara Garron. I am a new group leader at the YWCA after school program. I have been involved with after school programs in Brockton. I have always been with children. They know how to laugh!

Hi! First of all let me tell you how excited I am to be a part of the YWkids Program. I enjoy all children. Each one brings a unique style. I love to see them smile and have fun while learning.
-Mrs. Ramos

New Staff!

 Mayor's Youth Council

Mayor's  Youth C ouncil presenting a Racial Justice workshop at 
Bioneers Connecting for Change


MYC Annual Coats for Kids Community Coat Drive

MYC volunteering at New Bedford Half Marathon

Mayor's  Youth  Council Members at the Boston State House for Kick Butts Day 2016

Mayor's  Youth  Council meeting with New Bedford  Mayor Jon Mitchell

Checkout what's Happening!
Our YWkids School Age Program H as Openings!
Please Contact Program Manager Tracey Saloman for more information: By phone (508)-525-7961, email at or check out our website by clicking HERE.

Save the Date For Our 14th Annual Red Dress Event!
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