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

A one-day event created to honor the memory of Jennifer Weaver by making a difference in the lives of women in our community. Local women who are aspiring to make a change, and could use a helping hand, are invited to choose professional clothing and accessories, receive makeovers and massages, and learn skills for interviewing and resume writing. This free event helps women in need to gain confidence and guidance.

The sixth annual Day of Transformation will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

How you can help:
Donate women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, and accessories.
Clothing should be professional or business casual, gently used or new, clean, and on hangers.
For convenient drop off, use rear entrance to Thrift Store from E. Zerfing Alley.
Please mark your donations for “Day of Transformation”.
Hangers may be picked up at Thrift Store.
Any remaining items from the event benefit the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.
Donation slips will be provided for your generosity. Thank you for your support!
Donations accepted: April 2-6, Monday–Friday: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

            Note: this year, there is early drop off at the United Way of Adams County on 123 Buford Avenue.

For Questions Call: Nancy Lilley (717) 334-9171, ext. 115, or: nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

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 nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Interfaith dialogue topic of YWCA Brown Bag Lunch

Dr. Rukhsana Rahman will be sharing her thoughts and techniques regarding Interfaith Dialogue on Dec. 11 at noon at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County.

Rahman immigrated to America in 1979 to advance her medical career, starting with internship in Livingston, New Jersey and completing residency in Brooklyn, New York in 1984. She and her husband, Athar Rafiq, have lived in Gettysburg since 1986. Rahman worked as a radiologist at Gettysburg Hospital for 32 years before retiring in December 2017.

Upon return from Hajj in 2008 Athar and Rukhsana were invited by friends to speak at local churches about their pilgrimage. Understanding the dire need for interfaith communication and the scarcity of accurate information about Islam and Muslims, they have embraced this as their life mission. Since then they have been invited to well over 100 area clubs, churches, schools, colleges and universities. They have also taken United Lutheran Seminary students and Gettysburg community members to the mosque they attend in Frederick, for Friday sermon and prayers and love to invite folks to their house for casual tea and dialogue. She recently spoke to Peace and Conflict class on Interfaith Dialogue and feels that more than ever before we have a need to get to know our neighbors of different faiths and traditions.

Rahman and Rafiq, a Mount St Mary’s professor, are recipients of Peacemakers Of The Year award given by Interfaith Center For Peace And Justice, in Gettysburg; Living The Dream Award by MLK committee in Gettysburg and Peacemakers Among Us award by World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is located at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.

Bridge

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.

Fridays, 12:15 p.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

Congratulations to our 2018 winners! Click on each student’s name to view his or her essay.

8th grade:
1: Ally Shultz (Elizabeth Blackwell), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

2: Tiger Frenette (Benazir Bhutto), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

3: Tyler Hillson (Dorothea Lenge), St. Francis Xavier, Teacher: Mrs. Hughes

7th grade:
1: Taylor Lady (Helen Keller), Upper Adams Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Granger

2: Elias Wertzberger (Eleanor Roosevelt), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Veres

3: Lily Shriner (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), St. Francis Xavier, Teacher: Mrs. Hughes

6th grade:
1: Francis LaBarbera (Elizabeth Blackwell), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Hassinger

2: Winter Oaster (Mia Hamm), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Hassinger

3: John Kloster (Susan B. Anthony), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mr. Snyder

Art:
1: Alaynah Collins (Eliza Schuyler Hamilton), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Thomas

2: Gabriella Shelleman-Wetzel (collage of many women), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

3: Arwen Aguilera (Frida Kahlo), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. 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. The 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 22 at the Gettysburg College Christ Chapel from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend!

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, an author, educator and historian. For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her vision of social freedom and equality alongside her wisdom and candor, assure her place in the future agenda of America. With fierce determination, Berry never backs down. She continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves.

The evening will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Gettysburg High School Chorus, the Chamber Chorale of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, and a prelude by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band at 6:30. The celebration also features a presentation of the Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA and United Way of Adams County. The 2017 Living the Dream Award was presented to Adrienne Camel.

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 Vickie Corbett at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.

Nearly New Sale

Our semiannual (spring and fall) Children’s Nearly New sale provides area families the opportunity to buy and sell good-quality, gently used, seasonal children’s clothing (infant – size 14), shoes (bagged in pairs), baby equipment, furnishings, toys and MORE!

Like many YWCA fundraisers, the Nearly New Sale relies on volunteers. Those who volunteer for at least five hours prior to the sale are invited to shop a special volunteer-only pre-sale. To volunteer for our spring or fall sales, call Nancy Lilley at 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Click here for important information about volunteer hours and unaccompanied children at the Nearly New Sale (adopted by the YWCA Board of Directors March 2014).

Nearly New Schedule

Consignments accepted: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donations accepted: Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteer pre-sale: Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sale: Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

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.