The YWCA of Bethlehem was established in 1927 and in its 89-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 Services Center 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, Bethlehem and Episcopal House, Allentown, which provides support services for the residents of both Buildings; and the Adult Day Services Center, a Monday to Saturday 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 new or gently used prom gowns and accessories for a minimal fee; the Women & Teens of the Year Award Ceremony, which celebrates the volunteers achievements of local women and girls in the Bethlehem area; the Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Women and Teens of the Year Award Ceremony is held annually within the community and offers a variety of items to bid on with proceeds supporting the Adult Day Services Center and Women’s Empowerment Programs).; the TGIF (Teaching Girls is Fun) Charity Golf Classic, is the largest fundraiser for our golf programs and is held annually in May/June and our Designer Handbag Bingo, is our annual fundraiser that supports our Racial Justice programming and is held in winter and fall in the greater Bethlehem community.
For more information about the YWCA of Bethlehem please visit our Contact Us page.