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Take Back the Night Goes Virtual

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month During COVID-19 YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) held their annual Take Back the Night on Tuesday evening, October 20 as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Take Back the Night is a survivor-centered event dedicated to raising awareness, honoring the memory of loved-ones lost, and demonstrating solidarity with survivors. The… Continue Reading Take Back the Night Goes Virtual

Set a Personal Milestone by Registering to Vote: Deadline Friday, October 9!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

By definition, a milestone is an indicator (physical or otherwise) set along a path to mark the distance to a particular destination. This year, we marked two significant milestones — 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment granting (some) women the right to vote and 55 years since the passage of the Voting… Continue Reading Set a Personal Milestone by Registering to Vote: Deadline Friday, October 9!

Voter Registration Drives with YWCA MV

Friday, September 18, 2020

YWCA Mohawk Valley to Participate in National Voter Registration Day Agency Hosting Registration Drives on Tuesday, September 22 YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) will host two registration drives on Tuesday, September 22 in recognition of National Voter Registration Day. The first drive will be held in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Utica-Rome… Continue Reading Voter Registration Drives with YWCA MV

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Guest Blog: How to Speak Up Against Discrimination in the Workplace

Monday, August 31, 2020

How to Speak Up Against Discrimination in the Workplace By Megan Grams, Guest Blogger for YWCA Mohawk Valley   Despite being criminalized across the country, discrimination still persists in American workplaces. A Vox report on workplace discrimination based on age, gender, race, and disability notes that while more than 100,000 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) cases are closed each… Continue Reading Guest Blog: How to Speak Up Against Discrimination in the Workplace

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YWCA MV Holds Virtual Annual Meeting, Welcomes New Board Members, Presents Oreatha Bowens Award

Monday, June 29, 2020

YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) held their 2020 annual meeting virtually on Thursday, June 25. CEO Dianne Stancato opened the meeting addressing the social unrest across the country and echoed national calls for racial justice and equality. “We’re on a mission and we’re here to do the work,” she said. “We’ve seen very little progress… Continue Reading YWCA MV Holds Virtual Annual Meeting, Welcomes New Board Members, Presents Oreatha Bowens Award

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Voting During COVID-19

Thursday, June 4, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way in which we operate this election year; however, it does not diminish the importance of civic engagement and exercising our right to vote, especially at this time. Below are important dates to remember regarding registration and absentee ballot voting in the 2020 primaries, as posted by the New York State… Continue Reading Voting During COVID-19

YWCA Statement on the Murders of Amhaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

Monday, May 18, 2020

YWCA USA Calls for an Investigation into the Murders of Amhaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor Our hearts go out to the families of Amhaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. YWCA joins others whom we know are deeply troubled by the lack of accountability for unjustified police violence against individuals and communities of color. These are not… Continue Reading YWCA Statement on the Murders of Amhaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

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Crisis Services Still Available While YWCA MV Offices are Closed

Monday, March 16, 2020

Concern for our community’s health and safety has led us to make the difficult decision to close our offices to the public. Our crisis services will still be available through our 24-hour free and confidential hotlines. Oneida County | 315.797.7740 Herkimer County | 315.866.4120   We are closing our administrative offices over public health and… Continue Reading Crisis Services Still Available While YWCA MV Offices are Closed

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Salute Postponed

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In light of recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 and our concern for the health and safety of our community, we have decided to postpone our Salute to Outstanding Women awards ceremony and Salute Reveal reception until a date to be determined in either late summer or early fall. We want to be able to provide these… Continue Reading Salute Postponed

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Remembering Elizabeth Hubbard Ovens

Monday, February 3, 2020

YWCA Mohawk Valley Mourns Passing of Elizabeth Hubbard Ovens  YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) is deeply saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Hubbard Ovens. Ovens served as the Executive Director of YWCA MV from 1966 to 1982. During her 16 years leading the agency, Ovens developed programs that addressed the overall wellbeing of women and… Continue Reading Remembering Elizabeth Hubbard Ovens

Guest Blog: How to Be an Ally to a Person Going Through Relationship Violence

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

How to Be an Ally to a Person Going Through Relationship Violence By Meaghan Curley, Guest Blogger for YWCA Mohawk Valley   Odds are, you or someone you know is or has been in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is a devastating reality for people across the globe, at the… Continue Reading Guest Blog: How to Be an Ally to a Person Going Through Relationship Violence

Child Victims Act Allows Survivors to File Lawsuit During Grace Period

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New York lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act (CVA) earlier this year that will make it easier for adult survivors of child sexual abuse to seek justice. Signed into law on February 14, 2019, the CVA grants survivors a one-year period during which they can file a lawsuit against their abuser or negligent institution, regardless of… Continue Reading Child Victims Act Allows Survivors to File Lawsuit During Grace Period

Empowering Women and Lifting Diverse Voices: We Must Stand Together

Friday, July 19, 2019

July 18, 2019  #RunAsYouAre Partners Statement on “The Squad” Joint Statement from YWCA USA, VoteRunLead, IGNITE, and United State of Women Rally cries and tweets calling for four elected women of color to “go back home” have, once again, revealed the depth of racism and gender bias that have hindered the leadership of women and… Continue Reading Empowering Women and Lifting Diverse Voices: We Must Stand Together

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YWCA MV Responds to Weekend Homicide

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV), local providers of domestic and sexual violence services, Sunday’s murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins provides a glaring picture of the magnitude and devastating toll that intimate partner and gender-based violence can take. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 76% of women who are murdered by an… Continue Reading YWCA MV Responds to Weekend Homicide

SCOTUS blocks 2020 Census citizenship question for now

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Statement from YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo: Today, the Supreme Court took an important step in the right direction to protect our constitution and our democracy by affirming a lower court ruling that challenged the underlying motives for the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census—a question that is unnecessary, untested,… Continue Reading SCOTUS blocks 2020 Census citizenship question for now

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Going Above and Beyond at YWCA Mohawk Valley: Annual Meeting 2019 Recap

Thursday, June 27, 2019

YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) recognized longtime employee Gail Timmerman for her 16 years of dedication at the agency’s annual meeting yesterday. YWCA MV presents the Oreatha Bowens Award to a deserving employee who always goes above and beyond for the agency. Oreatha Bowens was a well-loved employee of YWCA MV who passed away in… Continue Reading Going Above and Beyond at YWCA Mohawk Valley: Annual Meeting 2019 Recap

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Salute Reveal 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) held Salute Reveal, an exclusive event to announce the official honorees for Salute to Outstanding Women. Salute is YWCA MV’s way of honoring women in Herkimer and Oneida counties for the contributions they’ve made to the Mohawk Valley community. Each year, women are nominated by the… Continue Reading Salute Reveal 2019

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YWCA MV Press Conference in Response to Statements by Dave Gordon

Thursday, February 14, 2019

YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) held a press conference this morning reflecting on the agency’s reactions to recent statements made by Oneida County Executive Candidate Dave Gordon. On Monday, Gordon held a press conference to comment on the cause of his arrest in 2017. YWCA MV officials felt some of his comments should be addressed… Continue Reading YWCA MV Press Conference in Response to Statements by Dave Gordon

#WomensWave 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

YWCA MV Joined Citizen’s Action, Forward Mohawk Valley, Others for 2019 Utica Women’s March YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) joined forces on Saturday with advocacy groups throughout the region to host the 2019 Women’s March in Utica. Hundreds of marchers braved the elements to show their support for the cause. “We all need to band together… Continue Reading #WomensWave 2019

Carry On! Holiday Drive 2019

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

On Sunday, December 16, a group of volunteers participated in Carry On!, a grassroots campaign to provide personal care and comfort items to women in YWCA Mohawk Valley’s (YWCA MV) domestic violence shelters. Carry On! started during the holiday season when two friends, now founders of the cause, sought a meaningful way to cut down… Continue Reading Carry On! Holiday Drive 2019

Tenth Annual Reclaiming Freedom Celebration Raises Over $10,000

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On Saturday, October 20, YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) raised over $10,000 at their 10th annual Reclaiming Freedom Celebration, a fundraiser dedicated to the domestic violence services they provide. Reclaiming Freedom Celebration is designed to celebrate survivors of domestic violence and their newly-found independence. The team at YWCA MV works diligently every day to help… Continue Reading Tenth Annual Reclaiming Freedom Celebration Raises Over $10,000