Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Y.W.C.A. of Neenah-Menasha, pp. 447-450 PDF (1.1 MB)
The Neenah-Menasha Y.W.C.A. has adapted its program from year to year in accordance with the trends in the changing needs of women and girls. Factors taken into account are the increase of em- ployment of all ages of women, the earlier age at which the largest group of young women marry, and the mobility of the population. Community resources for education and recreation are examined from time to time so that the Y.W.C.A. activities do not duplicate to any degree those that are offered by civic and other volunteer agencies. Membership has been established in accordance with national policy on a fee sharing basis. Adult members reached a total of 500 in 1956. Educational and recreation programs are offered through seven adult clubs and several projects, as interest warrants. At present the inter- ests are centered in crafts, making use of the remodeled Craft Work- shop on the second floor. Sports are less important as the community resources are increased, especially in the recreation departments. The eighty year old residence, thanks to adequate repairs and addi- tions to equipment, stands the test of time and many meetings. Among the adult clubs, one of the most popular is Welcome Stran- ger, formed for women who are new in the city. During their first year they make new friends at the "Y," while within a few months they establish community contacts and find their place in community life. A demand for co-ed groups-single men and girls out of school- has had the backing of the "Y" for a decade. At present the Menasha and Neenah Recreation Departments cooperate with the Y.W.C.A. in providing facilities for larger gatherings or informal sings and game evenings. The building is much used by community groups for meetings. It is available at a nominal rate for receptions and showers. The spacious and attractive lounge provides an attractive meeting place for the community. The teen-agers have increasing facilities in churches and schools, with the result that the larger portion of the membership is in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Camp was discontinued, since churches offer co-ed camp. Reflecting the trend in the U.S.A., more and more of the young married women look to the "Y" for services. At present the Day Y. W.C. A. 449
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