YWCA Day in city of Binghamton

By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Mayor Matt Ryan joined representatives from the YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County to raise the YWCA flag outside City Hall.

The YWCA's mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

"It is an honor to be given the opportunity to shine a light on our organization," said Carole Coppens, Executive Director for the YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County. "In 1892, there were many young women coming to Binghamton enticed at the prospect of employment in one of the many factories flourishing in the City. They needed a safe place to live. The YWCA was incorporated with the mission to meet that need."

Ryan declared Thursday, Oct. 17 as YWCA Day in the city of Binghamton.

"Today, the YWCA continues to provide critical services to the community through its Early Childhood Centers, the ENCOREplus Program making healthcare screening for breast and cervical cancer assessable to women with no insurance and its Homeless Housing Programs for women and their children," said Kerry Cook, President, YWCA Board of Directors.

For more information please visit the at YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County website

You can also contact Carole Coppens, Executive Director at 607-772-0340 x.227 or by email at ccoppens@ywcaofbinghamton.org.