Effective June 7: YWCA is no longer by appointment only. Please continue to wear a mask in the lobby. Sunday, 7/4/2021: YWCA closed. Monday, 7/5/2021: YWCA open for pools and fitness center access. All group exercise/aquatic classes cancelled.

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Safely join us for indoor/outdoor/Zoom/Hybrid classes, fitness center access, swim lessons for all ages, lap swim, warm water pool access, masters and water classes for a great workout.

Newburyport’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance to Host Community Dialogues

The City’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Alliance have contracted with Essential Partners to host a series of three community dialogues. The purpose of the dialogues is to create a safe space where all voices can be heard. To learn more, please click the link below!

Keller Williams Annual Red Day

This year Keller Williams leaders and associates came to the YWCA Greater Newburyport to volunteer for their annual day of service. “Red Day” held every second Thursday in May in celebration of Keller Williams vice-chairman Mo Anderson’s birthday. Each year KW leaders and associates gear up to Renew, Energize, and Donate, through community, culture, and KW’s shared commitment to philanthropy. The volunteers spent the day cleaning, weeding, and landscaping around the YWCA at 11 and 13 Market Street in Newburyport. Thanks to their effort and commitment our campus looks beautiful. With donations from Cole Landscaping Inc. of mulch, and Port Paint of 10 galloons of paint and accessories to be used to spruce up the Residence at Salisbury Square. Thank you again for all the hard work, it was inspiring to watch this group from Keller Williams.

Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

YWCA Greater Newburyport is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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Ilene Harnch-Grady, Health & Wellness Director, ‘Barre Fusion’ class.


YWCA Greater Newburyport

Established in 1883 to help young women gain the resources and skills necessary to thrive in the industrial world, today’s YWCA serves people without regard to age or gender identity.  Today we advocate for those most vulnerable among us and implement inclusive programs supporting the entire community.

Affordable housing, preschool, and school-age childcare, wellness, cancer support, aquatics, youth leadership development, and racial justice programs are just some of the programs we offer.

You can be a part of today’s YWCA by registering for programs using the Program Registration button, or by supporting our work by clicking the Donate Now button. If you need help with the registration process, please download our Registration Instructions here.  Click here to register for any program or class.

Click below to access our current Group Exercise and Lap/Warm Water Pool schedules.

We seek to integrate our mission into all our programs

YWCA Programs

Affordable Housing

Since 1885 YWCA has provided affordable housing.  Today, we manage 68 units in Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury.  Almost half of our units serve homeless households. We are advocates of expanding affordable housing as well as fair housing.

Health & Wellness

YWCA provides a supportive environment for people of all ages to improve their health through group exercise, lap swimming, and a fitness center.  YWCA Encore is a free program for those with cancer combining gentle exercise and peer support.

Pre-School Childcare

Our licensed program offers full daycare to infants through preschoolers. Caring professionals, using Teaching Strategies Gold Curriculum, help children learn, grow and play. YWCA provides a discount based on a family’s ability to pay.

School-Aged Childcare

YWCA focuses on the social-emotional development of students in grades K-3. We infuse our mission into the curriculum to expand student’s awareness of social and racial justice. Students explore a wide range of activities with experienced staff.


Swimming is a life skill that can also improve self-esteem. YWCA offers swimming lessons for all ages beginning at 6 months to adult. Jr. Breakers swim team provides a non-competitive option beyond swim lessons. Coached masters is available for adults. 

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Member Spotlight: Janet Hickey

Member Spotlight: Janet Hickey

When I became a member of the Newburyport YWCA in 1986, I had no idea what an important role this organization would play in my life over the next 35 years. In the beginning, it was a place for me to swim laps in the pool every day at 5:45 AM so that I could get a bit of exercise and clear my head before going off to work.   That goal was certainly met, and the habit continues to this day.  But, as the decades presented inevitable challenges, I found that the YW had so much more to offer than just a pre-dawn swim lane. The YWCA evolved with the times, and continues to be a constant source of support to me, to its other members, and to the greater Newburyport community. 

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One Year Later: How Far Have We Actually Come?

One Year Later: How Far Have We Actually Come?

On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Among activists, the feeling was of relief but not closure. Although it was the right decision, it was just one decision. Hundreds of families affected by police violence never receive an acknowledgment of wrongdoing, let alone reparation of harm. The trial could not possibly bring about justice for Black America. A year after George Floyd’s murder, we ask ourselves, how far have we really come in our pursuit of a world where no more lives are lost as tragically, senselessly, and unjustly as Floyd’s?

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Proud recipient of a Cummings $100,000 for 100 grant