CHEFA Tours YWCA Building

By Shaunna Cullen Local and state representatives, YWCA New Britain’s Executive Director Robin Sharp and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority’s (CHEFA) Grant Program Manager Betty Sugarman Weintraub recently toured YWCA’s facility to see where CHEFA’s $69,425 grant will be used to make improvements in the building. “This grant

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Indoor Soccer Classes Come to YWCA

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain Youth Sports is now offering four-week indoor soccer classes. These classes are designed to help your child’s skills stay in tip-top shape during the soccer off-season or to introduce them to a new sport. Head coach Mirza Smajic has been playing soccer since he

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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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Stand Against Racism with YWCA & CCSU

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism will be held April 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Founder’s Hall (located in Davidson Hall) at Central Connecticut State University. YWCA calls all individuals to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism to unite our community in a

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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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How to Give a Compassionate Response to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Jessica Stepensky One of the most valuable skills we can have as human beings is knowing how to respond with empathy and compassion when a person is experiencing pain or suffering. There is currently a huge shift taking place in this country. The #MeToo movement has been fueled by

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New Birthday Party Themes and Packages

By Shaunna Cullen Planning a birthday party at YWCA New Britain is a piece of cake! We have created new party themes and price packages for 2018. No matter what your interest or budget, we can customize a birthday party that is as fun and unique as your child. Each

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3 Ways Instructors Can Encourage Creative Expression Within Dance

By Rebecca Swol   A common misconception in dance instruction is that since choreographed dance routines involve a group of dancers doing the same motions at the same time, they do not allow dancers to express their individual talents. Teaching whole-group choreography for the sake of team building and social

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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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