May 18, 2017—Ridgewood Newcomers—a program of YWCA Bergen County since 1947—has helped new residents feel welcome when they move to Ridgewood, offering a wide range of activities and events such as evening socials, children’s activities, book club, fundraising, and other diverse special interest groups from fitness and sports to dining out to arts and culture.
As of July 1, 2017, Ridgewood Newcomers becomes its own non-profit organization to continue supporting the residents of Ridgewood while expanding its collaboration with local businesses to develop new opportunities for its members and the community.
YWCA Bergen County and Ridgewood Newcomers are working closely together on a smooth plan for this exciting transition and the organizations’ ongoing future together. YWCA Bergen County is rooted in the empowerment of women, and is proud to have grown one of its programs to a place where it can stand on its own.
“We are establishing our own non-profit so we can continue to grow and evolve as an organization that serves its members in new ways, but our support of the YW’s mission is as strong as ever, and we will continue our fundraising efforts to benefit the YW, especially its sexual assault resource center healingSPACE,” says Ridgewood Newcomers President Stacy Lack.
“The relationship between Ridgewood Newcomers and YWCA Bergen County has been a long and mutually supportive one,” adds YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “Newcomers have had a place to call home within an organization whose express purpose is to support and empower women and families, while Newcomers members have brought energy, creativity, and a commitment to supporting and fundraising for important YW initiatives. This next chapter for Newcomers in its milestone 70th year is a perfect reflection of our YW mission in action: women empowered to pursue new paths while maintaining their strong positive connections,” explains Archontou.
As its own non-profit organization, Ridgewood Newcomers will continue to host its monthly membership meetings at YWCA Bergen County’s Ridgewood location (112 Oak Street), raise funds for YWCA Bergen County’s healingSPACE, and keep up an ongoing conversation about ways two organizations committed to the community will work together well into the future.
About Ridgewood Newcomers
Since 1947, Ridgewood Newcomers (ridgewoodnewcomers.com) has helped new residents feel welcome when they move to Ridgewood. Newcomers offers a wide range of activities and events aimed at the diverse interests of our membership. Whether you are interested in evening socials, children’s activities, book club, charitable giving, or just want to socialize, Newcomers has something for you. Follow Ridgewood Newcomers on Facebook (@ridgewoodnewcomers) and Instagram (ridgewoodnewcomers).
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (www.ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are the area’s largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families. Follow us on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), and LinkedIn.