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YWCA Rochester & Monroe County CEO, Dr. Myra Henry Joins YWCAs of NYS to Contribute to Biden-Harris Initiative

Dr. Myra Henry

YWCA Rochester & Monroe County CEO Dr. Myra Henry has been invited to the White House alongside other members of YWCAs of New York State (NYS) to participate in Communities In Action: Building a Better New York on Thursday, December 14.

The Biden-Harris Administration created the Communities In Action series to give every state a

platform to address its unique needs and priorities.

The agenda for Building a Better New York will include discussions on infrastructure, clean energy, and healthcare costs.

YWCA Rochester and YWCAs of NYS are unified through their mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The Associationsʼ policy priorities for this half-day session will include health, economic, safety, and racial justice initiatives.

“It is truly an honor to represent YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County at the Biden-Harris Communities in Action conversations at the White House,” said Dr. Henry. “YWCA of Rochester and Monroe Countyʼs work in housing, addiction recovery and community engagement is directly impacted by the policies and funding from the federal, state and local levels. It is important to be in the room to celebrate investments by the Biden-Harris administration that have truly lied the lives of the women and families we serve as well as highlight areas that still need federal dollars to enhance the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Henry was also joined by Stephanie Stevens, YWCA of Westfield Executive Director and President of YWCAs of NYS, and Dianne Stancato, CEO of YWCA Mohawk Valley. Each leader will have the opportunity to bring attention to their own communityʼs needs and to return empowered with new resources and connections to build their best New York.

Dr. Myra Henry explains that, “YWCAʼs across the country and around the world provide critical human and social services for women, children and families. YWCAs of NYS make up 10% of our network and as a strong state sisterhood we advocate for access to services, affordable childcare

and affordable housing among other important issues that impact the lives of women and families in New York State.

YWCA Rochester and Monroe County provides affordable housing and shelter for women and families who are faced with personal crises, including homelessness and teen pregnancy. Their goal is to empower women to regain control of their lives and get on the path to a healthy, successful future.

For more information, or to learn about the many resources YWCA Rochester & Monroe County offers, visit or call 585.546.5820.


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