Cage of Oppression – Monologues of Social Oppression

September 22, 2019

This event will feature stories gathered from the experiences of local community members and performed by local community members under the direction of Chad Alan-Carr, Gettysburg Community Theatre Director.
The event is scheduled for September 22, 2019, with September 23, 2019 held in reserve for a sell out on Sept. 22. There will be 30 to 45 minutes of stories to be followed by a Q & A.
Admission is free but reservations for the open seating will be required. GCT will take the reservations. Call 717-334-2692 or email to make a reservation. You can also make reservations at the box office from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations will be open on June 1.

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. 15, 2019, 12 to 4 p.m.

Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane

The 28th Annual Adams County Heritage Festival will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park, from noon to 4 p.m.
For the third year, it is jointly sponsored by the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice. The event will take place at the YWCA in the event of seriously inclement weather. For further information, contact 717-334-0752 or

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

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American Red Cross
Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

This is an Adult & Pediatric 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 2 years.

Class Details

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.

Fee: $80

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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 & Times

Registration is now open for all dates. Register online at least 3 days before the course begins to allow time to do the online course work.

Session 8

*Aug 14 class rescheduled to Aug 21*

August 21, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Register by August 20th





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

  • Saturday, January 5: open to close, pool 8am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, April 6: open to close, pool 8am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 9: open to close, outdoor pool noon-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

Honoring women who make a difference

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Callie Awards Committee are excited to present the winners for the 19th Annual Callie Awards Ceremony.

Five exceptional local women will be recognized for their excellence in their field of service on March 28, 2019 at the Historic Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom.

Cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.
$45 per person
Proceeds benefit the Callie Scholarship for Exceptional Young Women
and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
RSVP by March 15 to Nancy Lilley, 717-334-9171, ext. 115. or

Business – Wendy Allen — Wendy is a business owner and has had great success as a Lincoln artist. In 2017, Wendy organized the 100 Nights of Taps beginning Memorial Day and lasting through Labor Day at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The 100 Nights of Taps continued to be a success in 2018 and has attracted visitors from around the country and around the world.

Community Service – Faye Niebler – After teaching for 32 years, Faye has continued her dedication to help others by advocating for children, community health and welfare of seniors. Faye serves as chair for the Advisory Board of the Adams County Children and Youth Services, serves on the local Children’s Roundtable, volunteers for Ruth’s Harvest, is an active member of the Encore Breast Cancer Support Group, delivers food for our local seniors through the Meals on Wheels program, volunteers at local runs including the Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5k, serves with the Gettysburg Area School District Alumni Association and is on YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Tennis Tournament committee.

Education – Brenda Heberling- After teaching in elementary and special education, Brenda continued working for our youth by volunteering with parent support groups throughout the local school districts, the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council and the Gettys-Trefoil Girl Scouts. Brenda was a founding member of the Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars (GADS) and for 14 years, has taken on different roles within the organization including fundraising chair, treasurer, President of the all-volunteer board of directors and chairs the Awards Committee.

Legacy of a Lifetime – Ruthmary McIlhenny – Ruthmary served on the Board of Directors with the United Way of Adams County for several years and was one of the founding members of the Volunteer Administrative Network. She was a founding member of the Land Conservancy of Adams County, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, volunteers with the Historic Gettysburg Adams County, the Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Adams County Literacy Council.

Young Woman – Emma Sanders – A senior at Gettysburg Area High School, Emma participates in band, orchestra, chorus, co-captain’s the Speech and Debate team, is a class officer, is enrolled at HACC and was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Emma created independent studies as part of her high school curriculum that allows her to volunteer in an elementary deaf and hard of hearing (D&HH) classroom where she works one-on-one with students. She spearheaded a D&HH Awareness Day at Nerd Herd Gifts and Games which reached out to D&HH classes in York, Adams and Franklin County.

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.