At the YWCA

Gettysburg Battlefield: Thoughts On Telling The Whole Story

Dr. Scott Hancock, local activist, will speak on his experiences at Confederate protests , his motivation in speaking out and will provide a few examples of how a more complete story might be told on the battlefield.
Join us on Zoom on November 18, 2020, at 3 PM, for this informative session. Contact Nancy at or call the Front Desk at 1 -717-334-9171 to register. Cost is $10. You can pay via check, made payable to YWCA and mailed to Nancy at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or via credit card through the Front Desk.

The Zoom link and details will be sent to you as soon as payment is received.

Laurie Stover Will Make You Well

Laurie Stover and the Gettysburg YWCA are old friends. Over the years, Laurie has led exercise and wellness classes and participated in many more. Now, she’s into something new.

As the brand new Wellness Coordinator, Laurie will play an important and role in leading members toward improved physical as well as emotional health. “It’s not just a fitness thing,” Laurie points out. “We are looking at the whole picture for membership.”

As someone long acquainted with the local organization, Laurie is well aware and fervently appreciative of the central – and centering – role that this place plays for so many and she is planning to build upon that special culture.

Laurie has training in expertise in yoga, tai chi, gymnastics, and more. She’s even taught kickboxing, for example. Her knowledge is equaled only perhaps by her enthusiasm for this new role at the YWCA.

YWCA Emergency Childcare Funds

The YWCA Emergency Child Care Fund is possible through a grant from the Adams County Community Foundation to assist families with children enrolled in the child enrichment programs at the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County. These funds will be utilized to assist families with child care expenses during times of hardship due to unexpected financial crises such as medical expenses, unexpected car repair, etc.

Please complete the following application and submit to the review committee with the supporting documentation of your unexpected expenses. All applications will be reviewed by the committee on Wednesday afternoons and you will be notified of the decision by the end of the week.

Click here to access the application

General Water Safety

Red Cross Offers Ways to Stay Safe As You Look Ahead to Fun this Summer -  Bavarian News, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

General Water Safety

Whether you work or volunteer in a field that takes you on, in, or near the water – or you’re a weekend warrior who loves to swim, boat or paddle around the pool – our general water safety class can complement all that you do. This course is taught through the American Red Cross and the certification stays valid for 2 years.

Class Details

The course presentation last for 30 minutes.

Fee: $10/ per individual

To set-up a water safety presentation, please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at for more information.

YWCA, Foursquare Church Create Student Support Center

The YWCA and Foursquare Church have stepped up to help students in our community affected by the pandemic.
Gettysburg Area School District’s (GASD) sixth through ninth graders have access to a free pilot program which provides supervised spaces, or pods, in which to learn during the virtual portion of their hybrid education.
A very generous donor has given us $5,000 to support a portion of our costs of this program.
That donor is challenging you to step-up and assist!
Visit Under type of donation, choose “other” and type “student support center” in the field.
Thank you for your generosity as we work together to navigate these challenging times.

Children’s Diversity Read Aloud program

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Advocacy Committee would like to develop and pilot a Children’s Diversity Read Aloud program at the two YWCA Childcare Centers, 909 and Adams Commerce Center, this summer based on our mission, “The YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the childcare field trips and activities are now limited. Therefore, Executive Director Dotty Dalphon and Child Enrichment Program Administrative Director Teresa Rodgers are asking for volunteers to read to the children.

The Advocacy Committee wants the focus to be on books about diversity and, if possible, read by a variety of people from different cultures.

Volunteers will:
1.     Choose a convenient time to read.
2.     Choose a specific age groups to read to such as the school age summer camp students or the children of the childcare program.
3.     Choose a book of your choice or ask for a recommendation from Advocacy Committee.
4.     Read in person, ZOOM, or video recording
5.     Dress as a character in the book or bring items to teach about a culture.

Please contact Lyne Aurand at or call/text 717-495-1103 if you are able to be a volunteer or know of someone the Advocacy Committee can contact.

YWCA Business Safety Plan

YWCA Gettysburg Business Safety Plan

Infection prevention measures

We will have signage telling members what to do when they enter the facility.

We will have a staff person taking temperatures up entry.

Temperature information will be given to Human Resources after each week of temperature recordings.

People with temperatures over 100 degrees will be asked to leave.

We are taking temperatures of each person that comes in and also asking them if they are feeling sick at all.

Everyone is required to sign a waiver if they would like to use the facility.

If someone refuses to have their temperature taken or sign the waiver, they are not allowed to use the facility.

Masks are required per the governor’s order.

If you see a member without a mask on, please assume they have a medical reason to not be wearing one.

Remember to be courteous to those people that are unable to wear masks.

Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

If one of our members or staff are not feeling well, we will tell them to go home and see a doctor as soon as possible in order to be tested for COVID-19.

If they cannot go home immediately, we will provide a safe isolated space where they can wait for a ride home.

The YWCA will be flexible when it comes to granting time away from work when COVID is involved. We want to make sure that our staff are comfortable with being honest about their health. If you think it is best that you do not come to work, then we want you to stay home until you are healthy. If you find yourself in a situation where you are sick, talk to your supervisor and we can discuss potential solutions.

If you have been in the same room as the person who has gotten sick for more than 10 minutes, you will be asked to go home and visit a doctor to ensure that you are healthy before returning to work.

This is the same if one of the childcare children get sick. Everyone in the room, included children, would be told to self-quarantine until they have been cleared by a doctor.

Cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation

What are we doing in order to ensure the facility is clean and safe for everyone?

Fitness department has sanitizing wipes available.

Members are required to wipe down machines before and after each use.

Fitness attendants wipe down the machines completely every 1 hours.

Membership desk attendants sanitize high traffic areas at least every 30 minutes.

Engineering and administrative controls for social distancing

We are making changes to the layout of the fitness center in order to ensure there is enough space between members while working out.

If staff have a health concern and need an accommodation, they can speak with their supervisor in order to see if there is a possibility of adjusting the duties temporarily to help limit exposure.

We will make sure that we are keeping face to face interactions to a minimum in order to prevent respiratory droplets from being transferred from person to person.

If you have a health issue where you are unable to wear a mask; we have a waiver to sign for our members and a form for staff to have completed stating that you are aware of the mask order, but are unable to wear one.

Staff have up to 3 paid days to produce the completed mask refusal form.

Right now, there is a travel ban in place. Those who have to travel should take extra caution to ensure that they are safe.

People that have traveled to the following states need to be aware that the potential for exposure is higher and they need to ensure that they are taking all the proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.











North Carolina

South Carolina




Communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan

In order to ensure that our staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform at their best, we will continue to update this document as we learn more so there will be one place where everyone can reference our safety plan.

Supervisors and directors will model the appropriate actions for the staff in order to show them what is expected. Actions that go against our safety plan can be discussed and corrected in order to ensure maximum safety for all staff.

Provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan

What are we going to do going forward to ensure that our staff will be as safe as possible every day?

Rely on this document and continue to keep it current as we learn new information.

Continue to model good behaviors for the staff and make corrections to staff as necessary.

Any incidents regarding this plan or COVID should be submitted to HR for filing.

We will be looking to Governor Wolf for the next steps that we will be required to take.