YWCA Central Maine

The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women while promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1878, the YWCA began as a service provider for women immigrating to Lewiston to work in the mills. The organization was originally known as the Women’s Benevolent Association and offered housing, language classes, job training, and recreation that allowed working women to thrive in their new country. The YWCA’s history inspires us to provide programming that builds community through strengthening inter-cultural relationships and valuing the needs and contributions of all of our members.

Our programming is guided by a belief in appreciation of diversity and equitable opportunity for all people in our community.  All YWCA services work toward the realization of gender and racial equity through providing accessible and culturally appropriate resources for health and wellness, recreation, childcare, and advocacy. The advancement of women, people of color, and economic justice in Lewiston-Auburn is integral in all that we do. From affordable childcare that supports families and women in the workplace to free-of-charge therapeutic swim programs to anti-racist education and action, the YWCA strives to bring this mission to fruition in big and small ways every day.

The YWCA aquatics program offers the only regulation-size fully accessible public pool in the Lewiston-Auburn area. We provide a diverse array of classes, teams, open swims, and therapeutic and culturally appropriate swim opportunities. Our swim instructors teach children and adults, alike and offer resources to help swimmers at all levels to grow and develop skills. Our dedicated pool staff work to meet the needs and prioritize the safety of all swimmers. The YWCA aquatics department partners with many community organizations to support affordable swim lessons for youth in Lewiston-Auburn. From parties, to swim meets, to rehabilitation and wellness, the YWCA pool is more than aquatics, it is a community center.