The YWCA of Bethlehem was established in 1927 and in its 86-year history the organization has provided for girls, women and families. The organization has a rich history which includes teaching English to immigrants in the 30s and hosting voter registration drives and voting machine demonstrations for women in the 40s. In the 1960’s the YWCA of Bethlehem opened Bethlehem’s first nursery school and in 1984 opened the first Adult Day Care in Northampton County.
Today the YWCA of Bethlehem is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Current YWCA of Bethlehem programs include TechGYRLS, an after-school technology education program for low-to-moderate elementary and middle school girls; the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley, which educates girls ages 7-17 about both the skills and etiquette needed to play golf; Residential Services Coordination at the Fred B. Rooney Building, which provides support services for the residents of the Rooney Building; and the Adult Day Services Center, a Monday to Friday day services center that provides care to senior women and men aged 60 and older who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other physical and mental disabilities.
In addition to our programs, the YWCA holds multiple special events throughout the year including Prom Dress Day, a special event held at the State Theater in Easton that provides high school juniors and seniors free prom gowns and accessories; the Women & Teens of the Year Award Ceremony, which celebrates the volunteers achievements of local women and girls in the Bethlehem area; the A Bid to Remember Silent Auction, is held annually within the community and offers a variety of items to bid on; the TGIF (Teaching Girls is Fun) Charity Golf Classic, is the largest fundraiser for our golf programs and is held annually in June and our 5K Race Against Racism, is our annual run/walk that supports our Racial Justice programming and is held in spring in downtown Bethlehem. New in 2012 is the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala which celebrates the YWCA of Bethlehem’s 85th anniversary! The event will be held in fall 2012 and feature Terry Gross from NPR’s Fresh Air as the Keynote Address.
For more information about the YWCA of Bethlehem please visit our Contact Us page.