Adams Unity Coalition/Adams County Human Relations Council

logoThe YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is a member of both the Adams Unity Coalition and the Adams County Human Relations Council.

Member organizations of the Adams Unity Coalition share an interest in building a community of respect for all peoples, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, or ability. The Coalition provides resource-sharing and networking opportunities for member organizations and facilitates collaboration among member organizations to support our individual and collective efforts to promote peace, justice, and unity for all.

The Adams Unity Coalition has organized several other community unity events in response to planned rallies by white supremacist groups over the past eight years. Not In Our Town, an Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group, created a video documenting the coalition’s response to a 2010 rally.

The Adams County Human Relations Council strives to create a supportive climate in Adams County in which citizens will view each other with respect and will act to uphold an equitable society, based on freedom, dignity, and justice for all; and to work in specific areas to improve human relationships in this community, fostering full and equal opportunity for all, without reference to race, ethnic origin, religious identification, economic status, gender, age, or physical condition.

The Council’s goals are:

  • to increase among community residents an awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of the diversity of human beings among us;
  • to develop a community spirit and a cooperation that will allow people to live, to be included, and to be productive in this county in an atmosphere of positive acceptance, free of the mistrust and apprehension caused by bigotry and prejudice;
  • to foster equality of opportunity for all persons by assisting individuals and/or groups who need help to resolve human relations problems;
  • and to advocate for public policies and practices that provide freedom, dignity, and justice for all.


Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Day of Transformation





Day of Transformation Transformed

This year, the Day of Transformation is undergoing a transformation of its own. The DOT committee, led by Brooke Barrett, and consisting of women from HACC’s Gettysburg Campus; South Central Community Action Programs; Survivors, Inc.; the Margaret Trew Cline Foundation; the United Way of Adams County; the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County; and Wellspan Hospital decided that this previously one-day only event should be expanded to an everyday opportunity.

This was done in an attempt to reach a larger audience of women who might need help getting ready to enter or re-enter the job market throughout the year and not just at the time of our scheduled event. With referrals from partnering organizations, the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop will offer up to three free outfits as well as accessories to women. HACC Gettysburg will include vouchers that can be used to schedule appointments for career counseling, resume writing, and interview prepping services.

If you are an individual with professional or business-casual women’s clothing, handbags, accessories, and jewelry to donate, please take these to the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 10 Lincoln Square in Gettysburg during business hours (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) throughout the year, and specify that you are contributing for Day of Transformation.

Donations to the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop for the Day of Transformation should be seasonal and neatly folded or on hangers, which are available at the thrift shop if needed. Clothing should be unstained (underarms, collars ,etc.), odor free, and not in need of mending. Size and care tags should be intact. Shoes and purses should be unscuffed.

Sponsored by HACC-Gettysburg, Margaret Trew Cline Foundation, South Central Community Action Programs, Survivors, Inc., the United Way of Adams County, WellSpan, and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email

June 18: Jeff Rioux and Analy Blanco – Casa de la Cultura

July 23: Robert Witt – Youth Advocate Programs

September 17: Kay Hollabaugh – fruit growers & immigrant issues

October 15: Jessica Ritter – Survivors, Inc.

November 19: Peter Miele – The Colors of Courage – Gettysburg’s Forgotten History

Attendees may bring their lunch or order from the Ragged Edge II, located inside of the YWCA. For more information, contact Nany Lilley at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.
The YWCA is located at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.


A group currently meets at the YWCA to review and improve through playing. This is a relaxed atmosphere of casual play. Anyone with a working knowledge of the basic skills of bridge may join us.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $2     Non $4


Mah Jongg

submitted by Ruth Sullivan

Join the fun!

Mah Jongg is a game that originated in China. Commonly played by four players, it is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.

We play the American 4-player version that includes, along with the three suites, winds (honors), flowers and joker tiles.

We welcome new players. You do not need your own set to play.

Mondays, 11:30 a.m.

Rec Free     Basic $2     Non $4

Women in History Essay Contest

The annual Women in History essay and art contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8 in all Adams County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. The contest includes categories for essays and artwork.

PRIZES: The first, second and third place winners in each grade will be awarded cash for writing entries. Artwork will be judged separately, and there will be only one first, second, and third place winner awarded a cash prize. Each winner will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on either a junior or family membership when they join the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Click on the documents below to submit your own entry!

Cover Sheet WIH

Guidelines WIH

2019 Women in History Essay/Art Contest winners:

6th Grade
1st – Savannah Schneider (Irena Sendler) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
2nd – Ellen Cadigan (Misty Copeland) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
3rd – Brooke Myers (Rosa Parks) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser

7th Grade
1st – Ella Stremmel (Rosa Parks) – Upper Adams Middle School – Ms. Granger
2nd – John Kloster (Sojourner Truth) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Morgan Hoover (Mrs. Ellen) – St. Francis Xavier Catholic School – Ms. Hughes

8th Grade
1st – Kim Heinzelmann (Emma Lazarus) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel
2nd – Zachary Tipton (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Teeter
3rd – Alison Harvey (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Art Awards
1st – Kaitlyn Frey (charcoal – Rosa Parks) – New Oxford Middle School
2nd – Kennedy Brown (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Isabella Salas Kennedy (Susan B. Anthony) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 25, 2020      Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters.

This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day On

The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Erin Messinger at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.

Nearly New Sale

October 18- 19, 2019

Pre-Sale: Thursday, October 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm
(*** Open only to those who volunteered 5 hours prior to Wednesday at 8pm)
Sale: Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Half Price Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Bag Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. – noon

Consignments will be accepted from Sunday, October 13 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Monday, October 14 from 8:00 am– 8:00 pm. Please review the Consignment rules and agreement.

Donations will be accepted from Sunday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 3 pm.

Volunteers are needed:
• Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 am – 4 p.m. to help set up the gym and begin to sort and tag items.
• Monday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. We will be tagging, pricing and sorting items and distributing them to the appropriate tables for the sale.
• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – we will be putting on the finishing touches, finalizing pricing, tagging the final items, posting signs, and making sure everything is ready for the pre-sale. There is a possibility we will be done Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Volunteers are needed to help with check out at the pre-sale. Responsibilities include bagging, adding, scrolling, and anything to help keep the check out running smoothly.
• Friday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Volunteers will help with check out which includes bagging, adding, scrolling.
• Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon – Volunteers will continue to help with check out. From Noon until approximately 1:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to help with clearing out and tearing down everything and putting the gym back to its normal working order.

Thank you for your willingness to help with this event!

Contact: Nancy Lilley at or 1717-334-9171, ext. 115 for more information or with questions.

Nearly New Rules

Click here for our Consignment Agreement

Violation of these rules will result in a $10 penalty accessed against your consignment proceeds.

1. Only seasonal clothing may be consigned – off season items will be considered a donation to the YW. Seasonal clothing includes: Fall & Winter clothing in the fall sale; Spring & Summer clothing in the spring sale.

2. Only clothing for infants and children up to the age of 18 years old, will be accepted.

3. All clothing must be washed, folded and sorted by size.

4. Stained/torn clothing will not be accepted.

5. Items may not reference weapons, violence, alcohol or drugs.

6. Movies and related apparel must be Rated “G” or “PG”. Video games must be rated “E”.

7. No computer games can be accepted due to copyright issues.

8. Shoes must be tied together, bagged or boxed together or otherwise attached to one another.

9. No bras, nursing or otherwise, underwear or boxers will be accepted for consignment or donation, new or used.

10. Outfit sets must be safety-pinned together.

11. No car seats can be accepted.

12. Baby equipment cannot be more than 3 years old, and must meet current safety regulations. All belts, straps, etc must be attached in the proper place.

13. Toys must be in working condition and include all pieces. Pieces must be bagged and attached to the main item.

14. No stuffed animals will be accepted.

Nearly New Processes and Fees

1. Consignment fees are as follows – $5.00 for first 100 items, $10.00 for 101-250 items, $15.00 for 251-400 items, and $20.00 for 401-500 items. Cost for consignments over 500 items will be at the discretion of the committee.

2. The consignment income is split: 55% for consignor, 45% for the YWCA.

a. The YWCA portion of all sold items is considered a donation to the YWCA. You will receive a receipt with the amount of the donation along with your consignment check.

b. Items not sold will not be referenced as a donation.

c. Instead of consigning, you may make an outright donation of all of your goods to the YWCA. In this case, all items will be considered a donation. Please ask for a donation receipt when you drop off your donation.

3. Consignors may not tag their own items

4. Items, consigned or donated, may only be dropped off at posted drop-off times.

5. Consignors must accept the pricing established by the committee. These prices are based on our experiences at prior sales. If a consignor wants to set a price on a specific item, that must be discussed with a committee member at drop-off. Self-price items must be clearly more valuable than standard items of the same type (e.g. sleigh-bed style crib).

6. Items determined to be not sellable by committee members will be put in the rummage pile outside of the gymnasium. These items are given away for free. We will do our best to notify consignors if a large or expensive item is deemed not sellable, but there are no guarantees you will be notified. Once consigned/donated items have entered the gym, including plastic containers, they cannot leave the gym until everything has been tagged and placed on the tables for sale, or approved for the rummage pile as stained/torn.

7. Items not sold by the end of the day on Friday will be sold for ½ price on Saturday morning. Items not sold at the ½ price sale will be sold at a “bag sale” or given to other charities. Consignors receive no compensation or donation information for items sold at the bag sale or given to other charities. Consignors may claim unsold items between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday to avoid losing half or all of the consignment income.

8. Consignors may not shop the pre-sale unless they volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours organizing for the sale. The pre-sale is for volunteers only.