Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton

 Newcomers & Friends at yWCA Princeton

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For over 60 years, the Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton have welcomed people to our community from around the world, nation and state. Currently, our members represent 24 states and 14 countries!

You don’t have to live in Princeton to be a part of Newcomers & Friends. Members come from all over the area including Montgomery, West Windsor, Plainsboro, Lawrenceville, Cranbury, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Pennington, Monroe and more. Some are only part-time residents, living elsewhere much of the year.

Contact our Membership VP at to learn more, or to receive a copy of our detailed monthly newsletter to find out about upcoming open events and meetings. We invite you to attend one Friday with Friends, one social coffee, and one interest group activity before joining.


Currently, most Friday with Friends events will meet virtually or be held at an outdoor venue when possible. Lunches will resume when it is safe to do so. Social Coffees are meeting via Zoom where we can chat and remain connected. We look forward to a time when we’ll once again be able to gather in person and enjoy one another’s company.
Additionally, most of our interest groups are meeting virtually while others are able to meet outside. When it’s safe to be indoors they may be held in the YWCA’s Bramwell House, members’ homes, or off-site for designated outings. Please refer to the Interest Group section for a full listing of the exciting activities available to our members.

Join us today to form new friendships and to become part of a vibrant community!


Friday with Friends
Are you eager to expand your knowledge of educational, cultural and community issues? At our monthly Friday with Friends, you will meet and hear acclaimed speakers from business, political, civic and educational circles. 

Friday with Friends is held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, from September – June. (Please note that December, May and June are off-site and members only.)Events have typically been held at the YWCA Princeton with lunch for a small fee but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be outside when the weather is pleasant.  For the winter months, some of the events will be virtual and others will be held at a larger venue where social distancing is possible and easy.  All are a Bring Your Own Lunch for the time being. You are welcome to attend as a guest, if interested please contact  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact 

Social Coffees
Social Coffees are a great opportunity to meet and greet friends in a relaxed, unstructured atmosphere while enjoying refreshments and coffee.  Feel free to stop in, one of our friends will be happy to introduce you to everyone. Social Coffees are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 9.30am to 11.00am, September – June, and are currently being held at one of Mercer County’s beautiful parks or virtually.  Please contact for information. 

Special Member Events
Special Member Events take place periodically throughout the year and are described in the monthly member newsletter and on the calendar. 

Interest Groups meet monthly or weekly and are the cornerstone of the Club. Our members determine our Interest Groups so if you think something is missing, start one!

 Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton Interest Groups 2021-2022


This list changes from year to year to reflect the interest of our members.  If your special interest is not represented, you are encouraged to start a new group!  Contact for more information or to join an interest group.

Join Now

Join us today to form new friendships and to become part of a vibrant community! We encourage you to contact our Membership VP at to learn more or help with questions.

Jeanne Johnson, President
Birgitt Clever & Frances Prestianni, Programs Co-VPs
Janet Perkins, Membership VP
Colette Plank , Social VP
Gordana Sirota, Interest Groups VP
CathyLee Healy , Marketing VP
Ginger Greenzang,  Communications VP
Ann Strootman,  Treasurer
Melissa Davis, Recording Secretary
Debbie Ridder, Past President/Parliamentarian