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YWCA NorthEastern New York needs your help to continue the important work of eliminating racism and empowering women in our community. YWCA NENY achieves this mission through its programming, including comprehensive domestic violence services for victims, safe affordable housing for single women and their families, high-quality accredited Early Learning education for children 0-5 years of age, and health and wellness activities inclusive of all community participants. 

Your gift will help support YWCA programs that promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for nearly 7,000 women, girls and their families.

Your generosity enables YWCA NENY to fund:

  • economic empowerment programs
  • a diverse array of support services for domestic violence victims
  • access to secure affordable early learning programming for families with children ages 0-5 
  • the first certified domestic violence shelter in Upstate NY
  • food pantry services to the community
  • nutritional meals to children in the early learning programs
  • advocacy services and case management to the community
  • increasing immigrant rights
  • education on racism
  • advocate for human rights
  • safe, affordable housing for women in need
  • promotion of healthy lifestyles

Gifts of any and every size make a tremendous difference! The donation you make today will help change the lives of women, girls, & their families for many tomorrows to come.

Donate today by clicking here!

Attention GE Matching Donors:

Call in Your Donation to the GE Foundation

You can do this by calling 1-800-305-0669 or by going to their website: www.gefoundation.com/matchinggifts. Gifts must be a tax deductible contribution of $25 or more, paid to the organization directly. A gift made within the calendar year must be registered by the following January 31st in order to get matching funds from GE. Please refer to us as the YWCA of Schenectady in your contact with the GE Foundation. Every matching fund is important to us. If you forget, we miss out on those important funds.

Please call Kindra McHale at 518.374.3394 ext. 105
if you have any questions.


YWCA NENY is always grateful for our generous community. Because the holiday season is upon us, we will be receiving items for our Annual Holiday Assistance Program. Due to a limited amount of storage space, we will only be accepting new/unopened donations for children and families as well as some select items still needed for our residential programs. A list of Holiday Assistance Program donation ideas can be found at www.ywca-neny.org/holiday-wish-list/. Program items still needed include new socks & underwear, comforters and twin sheets. No other donations will be accepted at our main building until after the New Year/2020. Thank you for your understanding and for your continued generosity for those we serve!

While YWCA NENY appreciates your donations,
we are unfortunately unable to accept all items. If you are interested in donating to the YWCA NorthEastern NY please follow the guidelines below.

Always Accepted

  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Price Chopper, etc.)
  • Cell Phones, iPads & iPods – Working phones will be used for 911 access. Older/non-working cell phones, iPads, & iPods, are recycled through the Shelter Alliance Program. Drop off all phones at YWCA NENY’s front desk, with your child’s teacher, or with any of the advocates.
  • Postage Stamps
  • Phone Cards
  • Bedding (twin only)
  • Non-perishable food items (coffee, tea, tuna fish, peanut butter, soup, etc.)
  • Kitchen items (paring knives, spatulas & other kitchen utensils, pots & pans with lids; dish towels & dish cloths; dish detergent)
  • Towels, hand towels & wash cloths
  • Laundry detergent & dryer sheets
  • Warm socks & gloves
  • Toiletries: deodorant & razors
  • Rubbermaid/plastic containers
  • Bus Tokens

Due to NYS Department of Health regulations we can only accept the following in brand NEW condition:

  • Bathing Suits
  • Booster Seats
  • Car Seats
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Undergarments
  • NO over-the-counter medications

Due to limited storage space, please call to see if the following items are needed:

  • Furniture
  • Household items (working condition)
  • Toys


May be deposited in the Blue Collection Box located in our parking lot

Soroptimist Closet

Please keep in mind that women will be using the clothing for job interviews. Clothing should be clean and suitable for professional job interviews and employment.

YWCA NorthEastern NY once again thanks you for your generosity.

Please do not leave donations outside our building – the disposal costs are very high.