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Mission & FAQ

Mission And FAQ

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
For over eighty years, the our YWCA has been making a difference in the lives of women, children and families in White Plains and Westchester by:

-  Being the largest provider of supportive housing for low-income women in New York State and the only provider in Westchester County
-  Cultivating girls to be tomorrow’s leaders
-  Preparing children for a bright future through one of the largest early education and youth services programs in the County; and
-  Putting better health and wellness within reach of all, including the developmentally disabled.

We are dedicated to changing the world by empowering women and eliminating racism. We ask you to partner with us.


Do you only serve women and girls?
No, the YWCA is a co-ed organization.

Do I have to be a member to register for a class?
Yes, YWCA affiliation is required for virtually all listed classes and activities. Membership fees support the YWCA’s broad social justice mission; these fees are not refundable or transferable.
How can I register for classes?
Currently enrolled students may pre-register in selected classes. Confirm with the Front Desk or Program Director for current registration information.
To register by mail or fax, use the membership and registration form. MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted. Fax registration form to (914) 949-2021. During peak registration periods, faxed registrations will be processed after 6 p.m. on the day they are received, or the following day.
In-person registration is suggested to ensure openings are still available.

Classes have already started; may I still register?
Yes. Once classes have started, you must register at  the Front Desk.
Do you have a parking lot?
We have free parking lot available which accommodates 200 vehicles.
I’m not a member; may I still use your facilities?
Yes. You may purchase a 1-Day Pass for $20 which includes the use of the pool, fitness center and/or classes offered by the fitness center.

Do you have a pool?
Our aquatics department offers a variety of instructional classes for infant to adult, along with an active competitive swim program. In addition, we have lap swim and open swim hours available. Swimmers of all ages are welcome for open and family swims. Showers and swim caps are recommended before entering the pool. Shoes are not allowed on pool deck. Check the Aquatics page for current lap and open swim schedules.
Do you have a fitness center?
We offer a friendly, low-key atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable, from the beginner exerciser to the serious fitness enthusiast. Our staff is always available to answer questions about the equipment or help you find an exercise that works for you. To help you get started one of our personal trainers will give you a free 45 minute training session. For more information and to set up an orientation call ext. 150.
In addition, the YWCA offers a variety of group exercise classes taught by experienced and caring instructors in our beautiful Dance Studio,. The average class size is 10 participants, so you are sure to receive lots of personalized attention.

What are the hours of your fitness center?
Monday-Thursday      6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday                           6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday                      8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday                         8:00 am to 2:00pm
May I rent a room for a party or meeting?
Yes. Please contact Teresa DeGroat at 914-949-6227 ext. 107 for further information.
Do you offer birthday party rentals?
Yes, through our Aquatics and Gymnastics Department.
The pool may be rented for parties after regular swim hours on Sat. and Sun.
For aquatics parties, contact the Memberships Manager at 914-949-6227 ext. 208 for further information.
For gymnastics parties, contact the Gymnastics Office at 914-949-6227 ext. 125.

May I rent a room for the night?
Unfortunately, we do not provide for single night accommodations. Our Residence provides safe, supportive and permanent rental housing for low-income women.

Do you have availability for a room at your residence?
Please call 914-428-1130 for further information.