Winter Shelter

The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Join us as the YWCA embarks on our Sheltered In Warmth campaign to sustain our Women's Winter Shelter. Volunteers and donations will be needed throughout the season.  

YWCA Celebrates Lancaster’s Giving

November 19th, 2015 No Comments

Lancaster is an extraordinary community to be a part of. Made up of great restaurants and a strong sense of unity, Lancaster is also home to many committed non-profits. Supporting all of these great organizations can be an enormous task for the public. So the for the past four years, the Lancaster County Community Foundation has been committed to hosting its annual Extraordinary Give Day! Extraordinary Give is a giving event that helps area nonprofits raise money through the donations


Talking About the Root of Discrimination

November 19th, 2015 No Comments

Last month the internet was flooded with video footage of deputy Ben Fields slamming an African American student to the ground at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. It began when the teacher could not get the student to put her phone away. When he couldn’t get her to follow instructions, the school’s resource officer was called in for help. The young girl repeatedly ignored the officers commands so he proceeded to flip her out of her seat, drag


YWCA Lancaster Honors Community Leaders at Annual Meeting

November 13th, 2015 No Comments

Lancaster, PA – YWCA Lancaster hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5 to celebrate the inspirational work of our volunteers and community leaders who help to make the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empower women a reality here in Lancaster.   YWCA Lancaster was happy to honor Carol Rae Culliton as the Citizen of the Year due to her incredible support of providing necessary services to her neighbors in Lancaster.   This recognition is a tribute to her


$60K Sheltered In Warmth Campaign

October 23rd, 2015 No Comments

Today, Lancaster County Council of Churches and the YWCA Lancaster announced a $60K, joint-fundraising campaign to equip the Women’s Winter Shelter with stackable bunks, bedding, supplies, and capital improvements that will improve the experience for the women and children who need a warm, safe, and dry place to sleep during the cold winter months. “We see it as a basic equity issue. The men in the winter shelter have slept on similar bunk beds for the last two years. The


Hotline Advocacy Classes Scheduled

September 14th, 2015 No Comments

Are you interested in volunteering with the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center’s 24-hour sexual assault hotline? These volunteers will support callers by providing information, referrals, and advocacy. New volunteers are required to attend a 40-hour training program which includes information on the physical, legal, and emotional issues surrounding sexual assault. Classes are going to be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from October 26 – November 24 at 4-7PM.  Sessions will be held at the YWCA office located


YWCA Lancaster Names New CEO

September 4th, 2015 No Comments

YWCA Lancaster is excited to announce that, beginning September 8, 2015, Martha Lester Harris will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, helping to further develop the organization’s role in the Lancaster community. Thanks to her strong entrepreneurial background, Harris will bring the knowledge required for the YWCA to meet its goal of creating a sustainable future. Having previously served on the YWCA’s Board of Trustees, Harris is a strong supporter of the organization’s mission. “I have been an advocate


Men wanted to ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ in downtown Lancaster to support victim survivors of sexual assault

June 30th, 2015 No Comments

LANCASTER (PA) – YWCA Lancaster is inviting men to take a walk in women’s high heels to bring awareness to gender-based violence and to raise money for counseling services provided to victim survivors of sexual assault. The YWCA Lancaster Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event will kick off on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in Penn Square and will feature brave men who sign up to walk a designated one mile route in downtown Lancaster in high heels.


Paid maternity leave a modern necessity

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

My mom is my hero. She taught me to be kind and respectful, and to trust in God. My mother is also a hard worker who held down a full-time job and was a breadwinner equal to my father while raising me, my brother and sister. As a child growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I heard loud and clear the messages of feminism and equality from the media and my favorite movie, “9 to 5,” starring Lilly Tomlin