What We Do



In 1870, three young Utica women gathered together unofficially with a committed interest in creating a “women’s class and reading room” for girls working in local factories. The group blossomed and, in 1885, the Utica YWCA was founded. The Young Women’s Christian Association was incorporated in 1904 and has since grown into an organization that provides vital programs and services to individuals of all genders, ethnic groups, and orientations throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties.

We serve more than 17,000 individuals each year, providing such life-changing programs and services as domestic and sexual violence crisis services, emergency and transitional housing services, residential services and support for homeless young women, and violence prevention education.

In addition to our listed services, YWCA also co-facilitates the Domestic Violence Sexual Violence Coalition of Oneida County, an assembly of local services providers, law enforcement, district attorney representatives, and court personnel gathered to collectively address the issues of domestic and sexual violence in Oneida County.

In Herkimer County, in addition to our work with adult sexual violence victims, we also operate a nationally accredited child advocacy center (CAC) that brings together a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, district attorney’s office, mental health services, and victim advocates. The team works collectively to ensure the uniform handling of child sexual and severe physical abuse cases and helps victims and their non-offending family members heal.