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As a non-profit agency, we cannot provide women and children with necessary care and services without the help of individuals such as yourself. While we receive funding from various sources, our programs only flourish with the generosity of others. On behalf of the hundreds of women we have served in the Niagara Frontier… Thank you! Would you like to donate to our national organization YWCA USA? Click here.

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  • Empower women and families to become self-sufficient
  • Give support to women trying to rebuild their lives
  • Provide high quality programs and care for children
  • Provide educational, career, and leadership programs for teens
  • Continue in our efforts to eliminate racism
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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to give back to your community?

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier needs volunteers to serve as Certified Rape Crisis Advocates to provide accompaniment services to sexual assault survivors. We welcome mature applicants 18 years of age or older. No prior training or experience is required – just a desire to help clients who have been affected by sexual assault.

Our volunteer program assures personal support and advocacy for both survivors and family/friends of sexual assault and violence, no matter what form of sexual violence has occurred. Staff members and trained volunteer advocates support clients by listening to their needs, referring to community resources and building coping skills. We assist clients over the phone, in person at the hospital, police stations or at court. The level of participation in our program is the volunteer’s decision, we only require to be on-call 3 shifts a month and attend mandatory quarterly meetings. We do our best to work with the volunteer’s availability and comfort level.

How Do I Get Started?

Ready to get started on being a Certified Rape Crisis Advocate? Please contact the Program Supervisor Rachel Sandle-Sacco at rsandle@ywcanf.org. You will need to complete and submit a volunteer application. Once your application has been reviewed, Rachel will contact you for an opportunity to explore the program and ask any questions that you may have. Once that has been completed and you have been offered a volunteer opportunity, you will be scheduled to attend the 30 hours of training broken up into multiple sessions. Location of training can be flexible to fit around your schedule and within Niagara County.

Volunteering can fit into your busy lifestyle. Our program allows volunteers to be a part of our mission and maintain balance within their personal life. Our volunteers are very important to us. The YWCA thanks you for your interest in becoming a member of our program.

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Carolyn’s House is always in need of the following items:

  • Pots & Pans
  • Twin sheets/comforters/mattress covers
  • Pillows
  • New Bath towels
  • Hand Towels and Washcloths
  • Twin and Full bedsheets
  • Blankets
  • Hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning Supplies
Items can be dropped off any YWCA location

YWCA Tremont Street Project
Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick

Honor a loved one, give tribute to a special person, or see your own family name engraved on a brick that shows your support for the women of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will soon open the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community of North Tonawanda. As a result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

The YWCA Tremont Street Project will be a 12-apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family violence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

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Services available to the residents and also to area low-income women are case management, trauma-informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant, and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.

The ground floor building will feature a café/coffee shop. YWCA’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities. The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating

Buy a brick and leave a lasting legacy while helping the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Your engraved, personalized brick(s) will be laid in the courtyard and front patio of the YWCA Tremont Street Project. The number of bricks for the courtyard and front patio is limited, so purchase your brick soon.

This Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick campaign is an opportunity to make the dream of the YWCA Tremont Street Project a reality. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to direct towards furnishings for the apartments. Make history, benefit women, help us complete our vision.

Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at Granchelli@ywcanf.org or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.


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