Children’s Trafficking Forum

Nov. 3, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Valentine Hall, United Lutheran Seminary

Featuring Susan Mapp: Dr. Mapp, Ph.D., MSSW, is program director and chair of the Social Work Department at Elizabethtown College. She is the author of the recent book “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” and has also published research on law enforcement awareness of human trafficking. She has also written several other books as well as numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics including social work, human rights, impact of war on children, violations of women’s human rights, as well as issues relating to the child welfare system. She has presented at national and international conferences.

Panel Speakers: Eric Chase, Children’s Aid Society; Diana Fasnacht, United Way of Adams County; Elida Murray, Children’s Advocacy Center


Immigration forums

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Gettysburg Rising will co-host a series of community forums on immigration.

The sessions are being held in light of a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement action at a local restaurant.

“Through these forums we hope to better educate Adams County residents about the immigration process, the politics involved, how immigrants benefit our community and how people can become advocates for immigrants,” said Nancy Lilley, YWCA community services director.

All sessions will be held at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, from 7 to 8 p.m. People are welcome to as many sessions as they are able.
Topics and dates are as follows:

  • June 20, Immigration 101 with John Leedock of Catholic Charities;
  • June 28, Push and pull factors driving immigration to the United States with Dr. Kathy Cunniffe of Wilson College;
  • July 12, Economic impact and implications of immigration with Dr. Char Weise of Gettysburg College;
  • July 19, Next steps in immigration advocacy with Elizabeth Alex of Court Appointed Special Advocate York.

For more information, contact Lilley at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.

Adams County Heritage Festival


Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 12 to 4 p.m.

Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane

Join the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County for the 27th annual Adams County Heritage Festival on September 16! 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:

12:00 Bagpiper Rodney Yeaple
12:15 Celtic Duo: “ROVIN’ BOGHOPPERS”
1:00 Indian Dancers: SHREE ACADEMY OF DANCE
2:00 Afro- Colombian Singers: “REBOLÚ”
3:00 Zydeco & Roots Music: “KLINGER McFRY”    

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 12: December 5       Register by December 3
Session 01: January 30         Register by January 28
Session 02: February 20       Register by February 18

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

PLEDGE AGAINST RACISM — Pictured signing the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Pledge Against Racism are, from left, YWCA Human Resources Director Drew Harding, YW Executive Director Deb Geesey, YW Finance Director Mike Dorsette, and YW Deputy Director Carly Sterner. Pledges will be available at the YWCA, HACC Gettysburg Campus, United Lutheran Seminary’s Gettysburg Campus, and Gettysburg College from April 26 to 29 for the public to sign.
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County calls all individuals to join it in taking a Stand Against Racism between April 26 to 29. Stand Against Racism will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.
“YWCAs across the world, in cooperation with many partner organizations and individuals, have made much progress in the fight against racism but we still have much work to do. The YWCA’s tagline is not ‘reduce racism’ it is ‘eliminate racism.’ We invite our neighbors to join us in our mission,” said YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County Executive Director Deb Geesey.
From Thursday through Sunday, events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations.
In Adams County, the YW will display pledges against racism at the YWCA on Fairfield Road, HACC Gettysburg Campus, Gettysburg College and United Lutheran Seminary’s Gettysburg campus.
The YWCA and the Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Cental PA will host a free showing of “Hidden Figures,” the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program, on Saturday at the United Lutheran Seminary’s Valentine Hall at 1 p.m.
Following the film, a panel of distinguished women in STEAM fields will lead a discussion on race and gender during the civil rights movement and today.
Seating is limited. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Nancy Lilley at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.


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.

May 1 and 2     6  to 8 p.m.

Rec Free Basic $10 Non $20


Callie Awards

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County invites the public to nominate exceptional women for the annual Callie Awards. This event is designed to acknowledge and honor the achievements of local women in various fields of service throughout Adams County.

Award categories include: business/agriculture, education, advocacy, racial justice, health/wellness/human services, community service, and young woman. Special consideration will be given to other areas of public service. A total of five awards will be given in 2019, including one that will recognize a young woman in the community.

Nominees must meet the following qualifications:
• 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, nominee must be a current resident of Adams County for more than five years OR a student at HACC-Gettysburg, Gettysburg College or the Lutheran Theological Seminary.

If you have nominated someone in the past, but they were not selected, please resubmit the nomination form.

Nominations will be accepted until noon on Dec. 7, 2018. Nomination forms are available at the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, and online at

Questions can be directed to Nancy Lilley, at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115. The Callie Awards ceremony will be held March 28, 2019, at the Gettysburg Hotel.


The 2018 honorees were:

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.