YWCA of Greater Green Bay serves over 7,000 women and children annually through a variety of services focused on women?s empowerment and youth development, particularly for those who are at-risk, low-income or in need. YWCA also supports the health and well-being of women and children with a Health & Fitness Training Center, land exercise classes and two 88º pools that accommodate all ages and abilities and classes of all types. The YWCA Child Care and Learning Center offers affordable child care for working families. The YWCA is also a collaborative partner with the Green Bay School District for its 4-year-old Kindergarten program. On May 1, 1919, a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a YWCA chapter in Green Bay. The goal was to provide young women with an appropriate place to meet, rest during their noon hour, and obtain lunch at a moderate price. Within the first year, 1,500 women had joined YWCA Green Bay - De Pere. Community leaders pledged $13,963, and national YWCA affiliation was won. Miss Euphemia Jane Kay was elected the first president and the organization began operations in a building on the corner of Cherry and Adams Streets in Downtown Green Bay. Since that day in 1919, YWCA Green Bay-De Pere has strived to meet the changing needs of women and girls in our community: serving as that luncheon spot for working women in the ?20s, welcoming war brides in the ?40s, sponsoring Girl Reserves in the ?60s, providing licensed daycare in the ?80s, and offering cancer support, teen parenting, and economic self sufficiency programs in the ?90s. Today, the YWCA is still at the forefront of women?s issues, working to provide proactive programs and services that fulfill its vision of Empowering women and children while providing an environment of racial and cultural acceptance for all.
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