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June 26, 2014

Two area YWCAs exploring merger

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The boards of directors of two YWCAs in Niagara County voted this week to enter into a management agreement that has the Lockport-based YWCA of Niagara providing management services to the YWCA of the Tonawandas and Niagara Frontier beginning July 1.

Exploration of a merger of the two organizations is ongoing, according to Kathleen Granchelli, executive director of the YWCA of Niagara.

Jill Townson, executive director of the North Tonawanda-based YWCA, said the management agreement and merger are "exciting prospects for both agencies. ... We have long cooperated on programs and services, including comprehensive domestic violence services, and this move will not only formalize this collaboration but provide us with some cost savings and efficiencies."

A task force composed of members of both YWCA boards has been meeting regularly over the past few months to plot the merger. If it's adopted, Granchelli said, "the new YWCA will have broader capacity and will be best poised to provide services and programs to the women and families of the Niagara area."

Consultant and legal work for the merger was funded through The John R. Oishei Foundation and facilitated by the New York Council of Non Profits, according to Granchelli.

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