WILLIAMSPORT – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) honored the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania on the momentous occasion of its 130th anniversary.
“It is an honor to recognize the YWCA’s 130th anniversary since first serving as a resource for Lycoming County,” Yaw said. “Over the years, those in leadership positions, as well as its dedicated staff members and volunteers, have contributed in a tremendous way to the YWCA’s growth and development. I applaud them for their service.”
“To say we are excited to celebrate our 130th anniversary is an understatement,” said Dawn Linn, CEO at YWCA Northcentral PA. “We stand humbly on the shoulders of all those that came before us. In 1893, that small group of women envisioned a world of opportunity; and now it is our opportunity to carry on and to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women—to reach for a world of equity and justice. We are here thanks to the many donors, staff, supporters, and funders who saw our dreams and helped us to renew our commitment to be a strong leader.”
Founded in Williamsport by a group of concerned citizens in January 1893, the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania became affiliated with the YWCA in December that same year. Shortly thereafter it began its first program, which was designed to help women working in textile factories find safety, community and support. Over the years, the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania has expanded its service to provide women, children and men with a multitude of educational and empowering opportunities, support and encouragement and safety and security during crisis. The organization has provided shelter to individuals in need through its Wise Options program for nearly 50 years and in 2003, it created the Liberty House program to assist women and children experiencing homelessness. The YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania has developed a strong reputation for the highest quality of service throughout its history.
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