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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


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