YWCA-GCR Marks Building’s Centennial

100 years

From the desk of Jenifer Whiston:

This year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA of the Greater Capital Region (May 8, 1918 to May 8, 2018).  This is the perfect time to reflect on how this building has changed the lives of women on their journey to improving themselves and providing a better life for their children.

For the past 100 years, this building has been the start of positive change for thousands of local women and children. Programs offered in this building by YWCA-GCR are designed to help women prepare for school and employment through economic advancement programs. It provides affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, food security services, homelessness prevention, and advocates for women’s’ rights, justice, and pay and racial equity.

Join us each month in 2018 for a yearlong centennial celebration. YWCA-GCR is participating in Troy Night Out on the last Friday of each month from 5 to 9 pm in 2018, which is organized by the Downtown Troy BID to celebrate our history and life-changing impacts in our beautiful 21 First Street building. There will be tours or engaging family activities to celebrate our history, and our long ties to the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region. Stop by and experience first-hand the history and importance of this building in our community and to the women and families who come and or call YWCA-GCR home.

Important Dates :

  • February 23, 2018 – Guided tours & a stop on the Downtown Troy BID “Amazing Race Trivia Night”
  • March 30, 2018 – Guided tours
  • April 27, 2018 – Trivia Night with Tara Whittle
  • May 8, 2018 – Press Conference
  • May 25, 2018 – Play: SRO by Creative Action Unlimited, written/directed by Michael Kennedy

Today we ask you to join us in our efforts to continue building a healthy and strong community in downtown Troy for the next 100 years by supporting the 2018 Centennial Celebration Building Fund.  By taking up the 100 Challenge and making a donation today you can help YWCA-GCR reach our goal of $100,000.

With your support, we will be able to continue to be a catalyst for positive change in this community.  By accepting the 100 Challenge, every woman who walks through these doors will have the opportunity to experience the hope, support, and empowerment that YWCA-GCR brings to our community.

With your donation, you will be a part of success stories that unfold every day at YWCA-GCR.  Thank you for being a part of the stories of today, and providing the foundation for new stories over the next 100 years.   You can donate securely online at www.ywca-gcr.org or by downloading the pledge sheet at https://goo.gl/39oGaq.

We encourage you to call us anytime at (518) 274-7100 or email jeniferw@ywca-gcr.org if you have questions about the Centennial Celebration or any of our other events or programs.




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