Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester to announce she has secured $640,000 in federal funds for the organization as part of the historic bipartisan omnibus appropriations agreement for Fiscal Year 2022.
Sen. Gillibrand joined Congressman Mondaire Jones and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach to speak with constituents, students, and YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester officials about the expansion of programs such as the Children’s Learning Center and Kids Connection classroom space, as well the financing of new roofing to allow the YWCA gymnastics program to continue to operate. The funding will also be used for the creation of a new space for the YWCA’s Westchester Center for Racial Equity.
“These are unique and much-needed services for children, women, and families in White Plains and make our community stronger and healthier,” said Sen. Gillibrand. “The pandemic has greatly hindered the scholastic, social and physical development our students, and investing in afterschool and educational programs such as Children’s Learning Center and Kids Connection will help them bounce back stronger than ever. I am also proud that we were able to secure funding for the Westchester Center for Racial Equity. Together, we are laying the foundation for our community’s future.”
“By helping pass the FY22 omnibus appropriations bill, I’m thrilled to have secured the $640,000 needed to help improve the YWCA so it can continue serving communities throughout New York’s 17th Congressional District,” said Congressman Mondaire Jones. “From providing child care, early education, and after-school activities like gymnastics and swimming to serving people with developmental disabilities, the YWCA’s contributions to our communities cannot be overstated. With the $640,000, the YWCA will be able to expand the Children’s Learning Center and Kids Connection classroom space, create a new space for its Westchester Center for Racial Equity, finance new roofing, and expand its day care and afterschool programming. I’m proud to have secured this vital funding, and I’ll continue fighting for the federal investments our communities need and deserve.”
“The YWCA is a vital resource to our city, serving residents of all ages through a myriad of programs. These funds represent an investment in our children and our community and we greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Gillibrand in obtaining them,” said Mayor Roach.
“I applaud Senator Gillibrand for this award which is so critically needed. The YWCA is one of Westchester’s most treasured non-profits,” said New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “Standing for women’s empowerment, advocacy and racial equality, its programs for children and adults serve thousands of Westchester residents weekly. Senator Gillibrand’s funding will enable the ‘Y’ to continue and expand its programs.
“This award will add to the diverse range of programming provided by the wonderful YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. This institution adds so much to our community, enriches the lives of those who utilize their programs and they always look for more opportunities to expand their impact. I thank Senator Gillibrand for recognizing this and for her efforts on their behalf and on behalf of the folks who will benefit from them,” said County Executive of Westchester County George Latimer.