About YWCA Lancaster

YWCA Lancaster has been leading change since 1889, pioneering social justice and women's empowerment.


YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The roots of gender and racial inequality are deep and pervasive. But, with our rich history and steadfast commitment to the community, YWCA Lancaster remains on the forefront of social change. We create opportunities, break down barriers and give voice to the voiceless. We are teachers, thought leaders and advocates. By harnessing the potential of every person and opening doors of opportunity, YWCA Lancaster brings real change to the fight for gender equality, and racial and social justice.

Our focus on meeting immediate needs while creating long-term solutions uniquely positions YWCA Lancaster to achieve its mission. This continuum of response from direct service to issue education to advocacy keep us poised and ready to meet some our community’s biggest needs.

Financial Materials

The official registration and financial information of YWCA Lancaster may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999 toll-free from within Pennsylvania. Registration does not imply endorsement.

YWCA Lancaster is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Contributions to YWCA Lancaster are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. 

On a Mission

YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to the elimination of racism, the empowerment of women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1889 we have served children and adults in the community through a variety of programs. Current offerings include the Racial Equity Institute, Dorothy Height Book Club and Lunch & Learns on current topics; Kepler Hall residence, home to fifty women, men and children; YWonderful Kids providing child enrichment for ages six weeks to five years and before/after school care in a number of settings; Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center with a 24 hour hotline and no-cost professional counseling for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones.

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