About the YWCA

Welcome to the YWCA of Central Maine – Est. 1878

The YWCA of Central Maine has a proud history beginning in 1878 when it began as the Women’s Benevolent Association. In its early years it was housed in buildings located at the corner of Bates and Pine Streets in Lewiston and on Main Street in Auburn. The YWCA served as a place for international travelers coming to the Lewiston-Auburn area to stay, as well as housing for women relocating to the ‘big city’ to work as hair dressers, nurses, etc. It served as a place for women to receive support services particularly during the war years. Though the organization has changed locations throughout its long history, its present building located at 130 East Avenue has remained as its central location since 1971 with expansions and renovations allowing for greater recreational and health services. Our core programs consist of aquatics, childcare, recreation and health, and advocacy relating to women and children issues. Member Benefits

  • Members, first and foremost, support the important work YWCA’s do, locally and nationally, toward eliminating racism and empowering women.
  • Members have access to a wide range of free or discounted classes and programs for personal, professional and physical development.
  • Memberships are transferable to any other YWCA in the United States.
  • Members increase leadership skills by serving on YWCA committees, boards and task forces.

How much is a membership? Basic memberships are available for a small yearly fee, which gives you discounts on all of our swim programs and helps to support our programming. Basic memberships cost: Child 0-12 years – $30/year Youth 13-17 years – $35/year Adults 18 years and older – $55/year Seniors – $45/year All children 3-years and younger swim free when accompanied by a paying adult. Support Us: The YWCA of Central Maine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported largely through generous contributions from individuals like you. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us advance our mission to eliminate racism and empower women and girls. The need for you to help is great and the opportunities are plenty Host a FRIENDRAISING or FUNDRAISING Event What is FRIENDRAISING? Friendraising is a way for you and your friends to learn more about YWCA Central Maine and what we do. Host an informal dinner party, a brunch, or just have a few friends over to spend some time hearing and talking about the YWCA mission and how we carry it out. We’d love to share what the YWCA mission means locally and how it is reflected in the services we provide. You also will have the opportunity to learn about ways you can support and be involved in the YWCA of Central Maine.

Throw a FUNDRAISER for the YWCA of Central Maine!

Sponsor a car wash, BBQ or even a golf tournament with your friends, co-workers, members of your faith groups or other members of your circle. Together we can build the resources to enrich the lives of women and children. Please contact us for more information about how to become involved in FRIENDRAISING or FUNDRAISING for the YWCA of Central Maine at 207-795-4050.