Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 12 to 5 p.m.

Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane

Join the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County for the 26th annual Adams County Heritage Festival on September 17! Held at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, this free event is a celebration of unity in our community!

The Adams County Heritage Festival is a celebration of ethnic music, food, and crafts that reflects the multicultural atmosphere of Adams County, Pennsylvania. It is a way of sharing our various traditions and appreciating the best that each ethnic group has to offer, as well as a commitment to community and the goal of living together in harmony.

Family-oriented entertainment includes music, dance, and a children’s play, as well as a full afternoon of children’s activities, including games, storytelling, and piñatas. Continuously throughout the afternoon, craft vendors and demonstrators have displays in booths on the park grounds. Ethnic foods are offered for sale by local citizens, church groups, restaurateurs, and community organizations. Local non-profit organizations have display booths, usually grouped in tents. Carriage and pony rides are offered by a local vendor.

Mainstage performances:
12:15 Across the Pond (Celtic)
1:10 Washington Toho Koto Society (Japanese)
2:10 Vox Cubana with Ernesto “Gato” Gatell (Afro-Cuban)
3:10 Barynya (Russian dancers)
4:10 Dixieland Express (jazz)

Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

img_1062This is a Basic First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is designed for anyone over the age of 16, who would like to be certified.  This certification is good for two years.

This is a blended learning course.  You will be expected to spend about 2-3 hours online.  The online portion of this course is expected to be completed prior to the skills day scheduled at the YWCA.


Students are to register for this course by paying the YWCA fee for the skills/teaching portion of this course.  Everyone must pay prior to the class date.  Once this fee is paid, the student must contact the Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, via email to have the online course link emailed to them.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates:  Registration is now open for all dates.

Wednesdays 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Session 3: March 14   registration closes March 12
Session 4: April 11
Session 5: May 2

YWCA Fee: $80   Pay Online




Thanks to our generous Hallmark Sponsors, the YWCA is open to the public for free on the following days:

  • Monday, January 22: open to close, pool 8am-10am
  • Tuesday, April 17: open to close, pool 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday, July 11: open to close, pool noon-8pm
  • Thursday, October 4: open to close, pool 4pm-8pm

Come in and enjoy our indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, gymnasium, and racquetball courts, all at no charge.

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature program of YWCA USA.

Take the Pledge to Eliminate Racism!
Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.

Women’s Self Defense

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere as you learn the basic aspects of self-defense. This class will focus on mental preparation such as situational awareness and positive mental attitude, and will include instruction on personal self-defense techniques such as arm bars, punching, kicking, and throwing. The instructor, Rachel McVey, spent eight years with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and is currently working as an Animal Control Officer. She has been teaching women’s self-defense since 2003, including four semesters at Frederick Community College.

When asked about their favorite aspect of the class, past participants said:

  • Repetition of movements and corrections
  • Learning how to protect myself
  • The instructor was able to instill a strong sense of self-confidence
  • Being aware of different situations

Registration is required. Next class: TBD.

Rec Free Basic $10 Non $20


Callie Awards

The YWCA will be honoring five nominees at the 18th annual Callie Awards/Celebration of Exceptional Women on March 28, 2018 at the Gettysburg Hotel.

Seats are now available for $45/person by calling Nancy Lilley at 717-334-9171, ext. 115. Payment is due at time of reservation. Cocktails are served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The Callie Awards recognize the significant achievements, both known and unrecognized, of women in multiple fields of service, including but not limited to education, business/agriculture, health/wellness/human services, advocacy, racial justice, and community service. In addition, an exceptional young woman (high school junior-college senior) will be recognized.

The 2018 honorees are:

Business – Kathy Gilbert

Community Service – Bev Grazulewicz

Education – Shannon Harvey

Environmental Service – Bicky Redman

Young Woman – Alexa Groft

Nominees must:

  • Reside in Adams County for a minimum of five years
  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in her field
  • Demonstrate a significant level of commitment to and leadership in professional or community service
  • Demonstrate a commitment to serving Adams County and improving the quality of life for others
  • For the Young Woman category, the nominee must be a must be a current resident of Adams County for at least five years OR be a student at HACC-Gettysburg, Gettysburg College or the Lutheran Theological Seminary.

If you know someone who is committed and passionate about what they do, we encourage you to nominate them. If you have nominated someone in the past, but they were not selected, please resubmit the nomination form. All nominations must be received by noon on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Download the nomination form below:

2018 Callie Award Nomination Form

Responding to Domestic Violence

A statement from YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron (Sept. 11, 2014):

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. A recent high profile incident in the news has put the spotlight on this astounding problem, and has men and women across the country participating in important dialogue about domestic violence. The YWCA hopes that the discussions started as a result of this news story will raise awareness about the ongoing crisis of domestic violence and continue the dialogue on how we can once and for all eradicate violence against women. Simply put, gender-based violence is unacceptable, in any form and under any circumstances.

For decades, the YWCA has been on the frontlines of working to end domestic violence. The YWCA is one of the largest providers of domestic violence services in the United States with over 200 local YWCA associations in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Each year, we provide hundreds of thousands of women and families with programs and services for both survivors and perpetrators, including emergency shelter, crisis hotlines, counseling, educational programs, prevention training, support groups, and abuse intervention. The YWCA also provides domestic violence training to businesses, law enforcement, and medical personnel across the nation.

Recent events have spurred many people to more closely examine domestic violence and to ask how they can be part of the solution. We encourage them to join us, along with our fellow service providers and advocates, in our commitment to breaking the cycle of domestic violence through awareness, education and expert intervention. For more information about the YWCA’s services, please visit

Survivors, Inc. provides local support and resources for those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

Easter Seals Summer Camp 2017

DSC00951DSC00942Easter Seals Summer Camp
This program focuses on physical and social activities.  In the past the campers have sat inside of fire trucks, brushed horses, and tie dyed shirts.   This is for children ages 5-18 who have disabilities.


The camps runs for one week, weekdays only.  Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm.
The camp fee is now $30 per student thanks to it being subsidized by the Robert C. Hoffman Endowment Trust. 

Week One: July 24-28
Week Two: July 31- August 4

Please contact Easter Seals for Registration.  Virginia Anderson at


 Registration is Open!





Easter Seals Day Camps

DSC00756In August 2013, the YWCA partnered with Easter Seals Western and Central PA to host a summer day camp for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. This was the first-ever effort of its kind in Adams County, and was made possible by a donation from a York County charity. Click here to see video from the 2013 camp.

2016 Easter Seals Day Camps will be held at the YWCA from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the following weeks:
Monday through Friday
July 25-29 and August 1-5 
Counselors are provided by Easter Seals and the YWCA and are trained to work with children with many different types of needs. Camp will include crafts, games, outdoor activities, special guests, and more. Call Easter Seals at 717-741-3891 to register. Fees are set by Easter Seals.