House of Teens and STRIVE Go to NYC

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain’s House of Teens and STRIVE programs for middle and high school girls took a trip to New York City to explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The girls worked hard all year to raise funds the trip. They hosted several bake sales,

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Embrace Your Voice this Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Joanna Flanagan April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It is a time to speak out against sexual violence, raise awareness of the issue, and educate others about prevention.    This year’s SAAM theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” aims to inform individuals on how they can use

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Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Awards Grant to YWCA New Britain SACS

Our February 2018 CAT class at the New Britain Police Department The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a $90,000 grant to YWCA New Britain over the next three years to support our Sexual Assault Crisis Service’s (SACS) volunteer program. YWCA’s SACS program serves 46 towns in our state

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Why You Should Volunteer with YWCA Childcare

by Michele Eathorne There are many reasons a person might think about volunteering, maybe they have some more time on their hands or are looking to find a way to give back to their community. Did you know there are real proven benefits of volunteering, below are just a few: 

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How to Inspire Play With Loose Parts

By Michele Eathorne Loose parts are materials that children can use to carry, design, restructure, manipulate, line up, combine, take apart and put back together. They are a collection of wonderful, everyday materials that can be found around the house. The wonderment of loose parts is that they don’t come

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United Way Day of Caring Comes to YWCA New Britain

By Shaunna Cullen The United Way Day of Caring offers people and businesses the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit agencies in the community. While United Way promotes community service volunteer efforts year-round, this day brings hundreds of people together to make a difference in the community. Last fall, YWCA New

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STRIVE Participates in Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon at Central Connecticut State University

By Shaunna Cullen Four members of YWCA New Britain’s STRIVE afterschool program for middle school girls attended Central Connecticut State University’s “Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon” to begin development of a smartphone app to be used by YWCA School Age parents. The focus of the Hack-a-thon was to provide an

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YWCA Raises Money to Support Breast Cancer Education and Research

By Shaunna Cullen Participants in this year’s Pedal for Pink Spinathon spun the morning away to raise money to benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CTBHI) and local breast cancer research and education. Teams of four switched off every hour, teams of two split the four-hour event between them, and

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House of Teens Receive Grant from the Mayor’s Charitable Trophy Fund

By Shaunna Cullen New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart recently surprised YWCA New Britain’s House of Teens with a $5,000 grant to support their program. Mayor Stewart said she has historically donated this money to the House of Teens (H.O.T.) because she believes the program really makes a difference for young

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Elder Sexual Violence: The Abuse We Can Never Imagine Happening

By C.J. Boggs Bernier According to AARP, there are 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S and more than 3 million of them are already in their 70’s and 80’s. Many families are transitioning into the sandwich generation, taking care of elderly parents and still caring for children at home. 

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