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.

Statement of Inclusion

YWCA Lancaster honors the rich diversity of our community. Our culture is the result of our mission and our personal commitments to bringing it to fruition as members of staff, Board, residents, clients and supporters. We each have a role to play.

We respect each other in all aspects of our identities including race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, refugee status, national origin, disability, age, employment or education status, socioeconomic status, marital or family status, veteran status or religion.

We are dedicated to creating a workplace that reflects the communities that we serve and benefits from collaboration, sharing perspectives courageously and continued learning.

We believe diversity is our superpower and creates the ideas of the future. All of you is welcome here, just as you are.

YWCA Lancaster stands on our history but looks ahead to remain on the forefront of social change. We are committed to listening, learning and leading to bring real change to the fight for racial equity and gender equality.

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.

Annual Reports

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. 

Annual Report 2021

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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