As the only YWCA between Lynchburg, Virginia, and Knoxville, Tennessee, officials from the local and national body of the nonprofit organization decided to change the name to reflect its newly-expanded service area. The Bristol center will now be doing business as YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
With 2018 marking the center’s 75th year, the YWCA center in Bristol, which was founded as a central residence for women who came to work in Bristol during World War II, will now serve eight counties in Northeast Tennessee and 13 in Southwest Virginia.
“After 75 years of operation, sharing our wealth of wisdom through the broader region is the right thing to do,” CEO Kathy Waugh said in a recent press release.
Waugh said making the Bristol center a central hub for the region was an easy decision for the organization to make. After numerous requests from throughout the region for services that include affordable child care, STEM-based after-school education for girls and women's health and safety, she said she and other YWCA officials decided to go ahead with the change.
“Our announcement today is very exciting for us. Anytime we have an opportunity to serve more women and children, we’re really excited about that,” she said. “I’ve lived all over Southwest Virginia and have family in Northeast Tennessee, and it was easy for us to see which counties we need to encompass.”
Along with the announcement about the service area expansion, the organization launched a new website at www.ywcatnva.org.
For more information about the organization’s programs and services, call 423-968-9444.