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THE GREATER LOWELL Y W C A:
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SERVICE AND ADVOCACY 1891 -1991
 
 
Although a May Shower was in progress, the young ladies of the city interested in forming a Young Women's Christian Association turned out in good numbers at the meeting in St. Paul's vestry, Hurd Street, yesterday afternoon, May 3, 1891,

"Lowell Citizen," May 4,1891

At an informational meeting on May 3,1891, Sadie Ayer, Lowell's delegate to the National Convention of the YWCA in Scranton, Pennsylvania, presented her report on the National Association and its aims to a responsive, enthusiastic audience.  This memorable occasion launched the establishment of a local Association, and, in September 1891, the Young Women's Christian Association of Lowell, Massachusetts became a reality.  This Association dedicated itself to the "social, educational and religious needs" of women in Lowell.

     Since that time, the Greater Lowell YWCA has expanded its outreach to women, children, and families from all religious, racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.  The YWCA serves its present day constituency with the same enthusiasm and commitment that was the spirit of the founders one hundred years ago.  Today's YWCA is affiliated with the YWCA of the USA and the World YWCA, and is a member agency of the United Way of Merrimack Valley.

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