May 13 Community Update Previews Plan to Serve More New Jersey Residents
May 13, 2019—As YWCA Bergen County marks the beginning of its 100th year of service in mid-2019, the organization announced that it will be expanding its service area to additional northern New Jersey counties and changing its name to YWCA Northern New Jersey.
In a May 13 Community Update, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Community Activist/Organizer and Senior Campaign Lead for Communications Workers of America Estina Baker joined YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou and Board President Hanna Salvatore to preview the organization’s plans. See a replay of the live broadcast: https://t.co/gP3jaub1qb.
The impetus for deepening the mission in Bergen County while broadening reach where needed to counties such as Essex, Hudson, Morris, and Passaic is the organization’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of women, girls, and families; supporting survivors and raising awareness about sexual violence; and achieving equality for all people.
“Our approach will be to gain a genuine understanding of needs and how we can help meet them through ongoing conversation and collaboration with local leaders, service providers, and community members,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “As YWCA Northern New Jersey, we are energized and excited to deepen our mission in Bergen County where we will always be firmly rooted while bringing vital new programs and services to more New Jersey residents. We welcome partners and supporters who focus on specific communities or our expanded northern New Jersey service area.”
“With the expansion of YWCA Bergen County into YWCA Northern New Jersey comes incredible opportunities for growth in our communities. For generations, the YWCA has worked to address the obstacles that impact our neighbors at the intersections of race, gender and class. In Bergen County, the YWCA has made incredible strides in fighting against inequities, providing much needed programming that seeks to empower women, promote diversity and inclusion, and ensure that everyone can live a life of dignity,” says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. “As a legislator, I have seen firsthand the admirable accomplishments of YWCA Bergen County. I am excited to stand witness to the impact that they will have on Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Morris counties through this expansion.”
“There are few things more important than the health and wellness of our children and families,” says NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy. “The YWCA is an integral part of bringing that mission into our communities and we are grateful to see them thriving here in New Jersey.”
“Expanding our presence and social impact in additional counties throughout New Jersey will undeniably continue to engage local leaders, volunteers and communities to serve as a positive force for empowerment and equality,” says YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo. “With so many pressing issues and the growing need for services among women, girls, and families, we believe that collaboration and partnership among our sister YWCA associations in Bergen County, Princeton, and Union County is not only smart but critical to ensure that we continue to be agents of change in the communities we serve.”
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are one of the area’s largest providers of child care services, a recognized leader in health and wellness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families with the generous support of our donors. Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), YouTube (ywcabergencounty), and LinkedIn.
YWCA Bergen expands to Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties by Rodrigo Torrejon, The Record / Northjersey.com