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YWCA USA Statement on Events at the U.S. Capitol




January 7, 2021

In light of the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA released the following statement:

“The scene that unfolded in our nation’s capital yesterday was a disgrace to our democracy and a bleak day for our nation. History will justifiably record the violent efforts to halt the confirmation of a fair democratic election decided by the American people as an insurrection and attempted coup.

While the news and photos of yesterday’s events will haunt us, let us remember that the day began with the historic election of the Reverend Raphael Warnock as the first Black Senator from the state of Georgia, and ended with the confirmed election of Jon Ossoff as the first Jewish Senator from the state of Georgia. Senators Warnock and Ossoff will join the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history, which includes 144 women, 52 of whom are women of color, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community and other historically marginalized communities.

At this pivotal moment, YWCA calls on all in our nation to ensure the peaceful transition of power. We stand with the American people, especially people of color, who have endured unrelenting efforts to divide, derail, and dishonor our most basic human and civil rights, and to discredit and silence women and people of color who demand a world of equity and human decency. Ensuring that women, communities of color, and all those who are marginalized are represented and that their voices are amplified and heard, is at the core of our efforts to improve economic security, prevent gender-based violence, ensure access to health care, and to eliminate policies and practices that criminalize people of color.

We encourage everyone to continue to join us as we work tirelessly to champion equality, to end gender discrimination, and to combat injustices across economic, political, and daily life that pose as barriers for so many. Together, let’s continue to do the work, until justice just is.”


YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for over 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more at

Netflix Watchlist

To help you pass the time at home, we’ve scoured Netflix to come up with a list of TV shows, movies, and documentaries that can keep you connected to YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Grab your popcorn, dim the lights and settle in.

For the Whole Family

  • Raising Dion –  (Netflix) Nicole, single-mother and former professional dancer, is struggling to figure out how to raise her suddenly superhuman son, Dion, all while job-hunting and mourning the death of her husband. (TV-G)
  • Leap – (Netflix) A tale of two orphans; One longs to be a ballerina, the other an inventor. There’s only one city for a pair of dreamers like them: Paris. (PG)
  • A Wrinkle In Time – (Netflix) Years after their father disappears, Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace cross galaxies on a quest to save him from the heart of darkness. (PG)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – (Netflix) Inspired by a science book, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story. (TV-PG)

  • Brainchild – (Netflix) From germs and emotions to social media and more, host Sahana Srinivasan explains the science of our world in a way that’s refreshingly relatable. (TV-G)
  • One Day at a Time  – (Netflix) In a re-imagining of a TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mom. (TV-PG)
  • Dumplin’ – (Netflix) To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Texas teen Willowdean Dixon enters a local pageant run by her ex-beauty queen mom. (PG-13)

Mature Dramas

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker – (Netflix) – The story of C.J. Walker’s rise from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story. (TV-MA)
  • Moonlight – (Netflix) Acclaimed coming-of-age drama about a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood trying to find his place in the world. (R)
  • Mudbound  – (Netflix) Two Mississippi families — one Black, one white — confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era. (R)

  • Gentefied – (Netflix) “a bilingual love letter to Boyle Heights, a Latinx neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles and an epicenter of Mexican-American culture.” – Vulture (TV-MA)
  • Someone Great – (Netflix) On the heels of a blindsiding breakup, music journalist Jenny braces for a new beginning — and one last adventure with her closest friends. (R)
  • Frances Ha – (Netflix) Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, a young woman pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. (R)


  • He Named Me Malala – (Netflix) The story of a teenage Pakistani girl shot for her advocacy of women’s education, her survival, and her continued efforts. (PG-13)
  • 13th – Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. (TV-MA)
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? – (Netflix) Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. (TV-14)
  • Miss Representation – (Netflix) Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership. (TV-MA)
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – (Netflix) Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is celebrated using her own words set over rare photographs and video illustrating her remarkable life. (TV-PG)
  • Ladies First – (Netflix) Born amid poverty, Deepika Kumari rose to become the No. 1 female archer in the world at 18. (TV-G)

What are you watching?

We want to hear from you! Did you watch something on this list? Let us know what you thought, and what conversations it started with those in your household.

Have a favorite that’s not on this list? We’d love to hear it! Send us your favorite movies and TV shows that tie into YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women so we can include it.

Don’t have Netflix? Stay tuned for upcoming lists for Hulu coming soon.

Virtual Swimmer Workouts

Get the workouts you love at your place!

Staying active & connected matters, especially in times like these. The YWCA may be temporarily closed, but we’re committed to helping you, your family, and our community remain healthy and engaged. Challenge yourself to a variety of dryland workouts that we’ve gathered, designed specifically to benefit swimmers.

Advanced Dry-Land Workouts:

Moderate Dry-Land Workouts:

Beginner Dry-Land Workouts:

Youth Dry-Land Workouts:

Virtual Land Fitness Classes

December 2020

Monday, 9:15-10:15 am

Use passcode YOGA123 – Monday Yoga with Laurie

Monday, 10:30-11:30 am

Use passcode 1920 – Chair Yoga with Julie

Monday, 1-2:15pm

  Zumba & Toning with Debbie

Monday, 6-7pm

Zumba with Allison

Tuesday, 11 am – noon

Zumba Toning with Jim

Tuesday, 6-7pm

DANCE2FIT with Melisa

Tuesday 7-7:30pm

The Fifteen: Body Sculpt with Debbie

Wednesday, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Use passcode YOGA 123, Gentle Yoga with Laurie

Wednesday, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. 

Pilates/Barre with Polly


Zumba with Jim


Zumba with Allison


Spin Class with Eric

Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon

Zumba Toning with Jim

Friday, 9:15 -10:15 a.m.

Use passcode YOGA 123, Gentle Yoga with Laurie

Friday 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Pilates/Barre with Polly

Friday, 10:30-11:30 am

Use passcode 1920 – Chair Yoga with Julie

Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Zumba with Debbie and Jim

Our (Untraditional) Traditional Martin Luther King Celebration

Our very first formal celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took place back in January 1981, with Reverend Addison as guest speaker. The following year, the Reverend William H. Gray, III, U.S. Representative from Philadelphia, was the events guest speaker. In 1983, Reverend Ralph Abernathy of Ebenezer Baptist Church, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, came to speak. As in 1981, a community choir was organized to sing at these events. Mary Alice Nutter sang a solo for the 1982 program, while Eric Nutter was the soloist in 1983. In 1983 as in 1981 an “international food bazaar” provided dinner and refreshments before the program. It was then that the event took the title that still remains: The Annual Martin Luther King Celebration.

In 2021, we’ll mark our 41st Annual Martin Luther King Celebration and it will be unlike any other to date. Even with the impending announcement of a possible vaccine, the committee deemed that a large, in-person event should not be planned for this year. Instead, with the generous support of Gettysburg College, yard signs commemorating some of the inspiring words of Dr. King, will be made available for purchase by members of the community. Samples of the signs can be seen in the lobby of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County as well as on the YWCA’s website, SCAAP website, and the Gettysburg College Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Order your signs online right here, where you will also have the option of downloading a form which can then be printed and mailed in. If you’d prefer, signs can be ordered by phone via our membership desk anytime Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Call 717.334.9171. Once ordered, signs may be picked up at the desk during those same hours, after January 4

You may also order signs by calling or texting YWCA Mission Enhancement Director Nancy Lilley at 717.253.2176 or emailing

100 Mile Swim Challenge

100 Mile Swim Challenge

November 2020 – May 2021 

*Challenge Extended 1-Month to May, Due To 3-Week Shutdown Over Holidays*

6 Months to Swim 100 Miles!

Challenge Information

  • 15 years+ welcome to participate!
  • All swim styles and techniques welcome! From the doggy paddle to any swim strokes. The technique is not important; just the distance!
  • Simply keep track of the laps you swim during each workout and record the laps/or meters you swam on our white board located next to the women’s locker room.
  • You may join in the challenge at any time during the 6-month period!

Challenge Reward

Those that complete the 100 Mile Swim Challenge will receive:

  • T-Shirt; Indicating you completed the YWCA 100 Mile Swim Challenge
  • A YWCA Face Mask or YWCA Water Bottle/Wine Tumbler
  • Spotlight Recognition on our Website & Facebook Page
  • Bragging rights that you are now part of the 100 Mile Swim Club!

How Many Laps Are In A Mile?

Length = One end of the pool to other is 25 meters.

Lap = Down and back is 50 meters.

1 Mile = 1,600 Meters = Approximately 64 Lengths or 32 Laps.

100 Miles = 160,000 Meters = Approximately  6,400 Lengths or 3,200 Laps.

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Please feel free to reach out to our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at or via phone at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 with any questions you have about the challenge! Best of luck to all the swimmers participating!

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

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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.