Today's YWCA

The YWCA was founded in England in 1855 and is one of the largest and oldest multicultural women's organization in the world.  

There are YWCA is 120 countries serving 25 million women and their families each year.  This involves 40,948 volunteers, 3,424 Board members, over 6000 part time and over 6000 full time staff.

Each YWCA provides services in their community that are most needed for women and their children.  The Jamestown YWCA provides housing, day care, alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens, summer day camp, food reimbursement program, after school programs, pregnancy prevention and a supervised visitation and exchange program.  

YWCA USA which serves 2/3 million people annually, focuses its mission-driven work in three key areas where they believe they can have the most impact:

  • Racial Justice and Civil Rights
  • Empowerment and Economic Advancement of Women and Girls
  • Healthy and Safety of Women and Girls


The YWCA...

  • began the first boarding house for female students, teachers and factory workers in New York City in 1858
  • held the first training school for practical nursing in Brooklyn in 1983
  • hosted the first interracial conference in Louisville, KY in 1915
  • started the first women's pension fund in 1924
  • extended services to Japanese-American women and girls incarcerated in WWII Relocation Centers
  • was the first women's organization invited to join the U.S. Olympic Committee multi-sport division
  • organized the first National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism, responding to Rodney King's beating/Los Angeles riots

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


YWCA Jamestown
401 N Main St [map]
Jamestown , NY 14701-5007
Phone: 716-488-2237
Fax: 716-484-1752

Office Hours:
M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm