MLK Celebration

Every year the students of the YWCA enjoy crafts, stories, and sweet treats as they learn about the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Bring your kids to our free MLK celebration on Jan. 18 for crafts, stories, and sweet treats! Reserve your spot by emailing Lisa Leddy today!

Open Letter to Lancaster on Racialized Police Violence

October 11th, 2016 No Comments

Open Letter PDF An Open Letter to Lancaster on Racialized Police Violence LANCASTER, PA (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) – We need to apologize to our community. YWCA Lancaster’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. It’s an awesome commission. But putting hands and feet to it can be incredibly overwhelming. How do we truly eradicate racism in Lancaster County? How do we empower women and girls to step into a bright future with strength and confidence? The enormity of


YWCA of Lancaster Included On New Historical Self-Guided Tour

July 28th, 2016 No Comments

On March 9, 1950 Bayard Rustin, leading strategist of the Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968 and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at YWCA Lancaster, delivering speeches for young people and adults on non-violent protest, social inclusiveness and the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Because of this historic moment, YWCA of Lancaster is the 21st stop on the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania new self-guided tour. In collaboration with the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP) and


Empowering Women

July 22nd, 2016 No Comments

YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. When former President Jimmy Carter spoke out earlier this week on human rights, especially where they concern women, we found his words to be both bold and powerful. Several quotes stuck out to us that we would like to share with you. “We must also realize that women are key agents of the changes we need… We need to amplify the voices of peacemakers


18th Annual Race Against Racism a Huge Success

April 30th, 2016 No Comments

YWCA Lancaster thanks the more than 3,000 participants who ran, walked and pushed strollers through the 5K Race Against Racism.  After a cold and damp week, the weather held off and sunshine broke through, creating perfect running conditions.  To view the results, click here:


Joining a team for the Race Against Racism? Sign up ends April 15th!

March 24th, 2016 No Comments

     Run, walk and have fun for a cause.   Join YWCA Lancaster for the 18th annual Race Against Racism.  Team registration ends April 15, 2016.  Individual registrations can occur up until race day.  For more information and to register, visit


How to be an Ally

February 26th, 2016 No Comments

Growing up as an abled, cisgendered Latina/Hispanic, it took time for me to understand structural violence towards marginalized groups.  However, as an ally, I have been able to learn about the way normative notions in our culture affect our identity and the identity of those around us. Becoming an ally is the first step towards deconstructing our unjust society.  An ally is a person who wants to fight for the equality of a marginalized group that they’re not a part


Options During Cold Weather

February 12th, 2016 No Comments

Due to the impending cold snap this weekend, the Women’s Winter Shelter run by the Lancaster County Council of Churches (LCCC) has arranged for several adjustments to be made to the regular hours of the shelter. Water Street has lifted the No Access ban for many of the shelter guests.  Water Street Mission informed all of the women at the day shelter on Friday that they can sleep at their emergency shelter throughout the weekend as well as access their day shelter


Emergency Women’s Shelter

January 23rd, 2016 No Comments

The emergency women’s shelter offered by the Lancaster County Council of Churches and housed at the YWCA will be opening it’s doors early this evening starting at 7PM.  For the women that do not wish to utilize the services being offered at Water Street Rescue Missions, YWCA staff will remain at the building to allow the shelter to continue operations.  YWCA Lancaster has worked with our community partners to secure an additional warm space for women and children during the day


Empowering Girls to Follow Their Techy Dreams

December 14th, 2015 No Comments

What happens when you get a group of teenage girls in a room to talk about science?  Sparks fly! YWCA Lancaster’s TechyGyrls program is going to be featured at the North Museum’s STEM Sisters Winter Meetup on February 8th.  Through hands-on activities that highlight STEM principles and careers, we’ll be getting the girls excited about their futures. The girls will also be given the chance to connect with other girls that share their interest as well as meet some female


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

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