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YWCA Lancaster’s Statement on Daunte Wright Shooting

On Sunday, April 11, Daunte Wright was fatally shot in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, about 10 miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of George Floyd. YWCA Lancaster extends our condolences to Mr. Wright’s family, and every family impacted by these senseless deaths.  We know statements alone will not make change but […]

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YWCA Lancaster to Launch 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

Lancaster, Pa. (April 2, 2021) YWCA Lancaster will be launching a 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge starting May 24, 2021 as part of a national movement to engage communities in anti-racist work. Participants receive a daily email directing them to 3-4 curated activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, […]

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Mass Shooting in Georgia

YWCA Lancaster is devastated by the loss of eight lives, six of whom were Asian women, murdered in a series of spa shootings on Tuesday, March 16 in Georgia. This tragedy reflects hate against Asians, against women, and against immigrants in America. Let it be known, this is not the first instance of anti-Asian violence. […]

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BLACK LEADERS IN LANCASTER: DEBORAH GADSDEN

Born and raised in Dauphin County, Deborah Wilson Gadsden has worked in child welfare for nearly half a century. In December, she became the first Black woman to chair the YWCA Lancaster board of directors. When granted the opportunity to chat with her, I began by asking what her greatest passion was, personally as well […]

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Black Artist Waystation

Lancaster, Pa. (February 11, 2021) – A historic first in Lancaster; a focus on Black artists in visual, performance, or spoken word.  The Black Artist Waystation will highlight the breath of creativity in our community with three Exemplars receiving $500 honorariums.  A full program of display will happen Juneteenth of 2021. When: February 15, 6-8pm, Black Artist […]

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YWCA Lancaster Welcomes Seven new Board Members

Lancaster, Pa. (January 21, 2021) – YWCA Lancaster welcomes seven new members to the Board of Directors with three-year terms. The mission of the agency is to eliminate racism and empower women. The elected members are an impressive group of women, selected among dozens of community business and civic leaders referred for the openings this […]

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President Biden Signs Executive Order on Racial Equity

YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  On President Biden’s first day in office, he signed 17 Executive Orders and we were thrilled to see the critical issue of racial equity being addressed on day one. As an organization, the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for […]

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New Choices Program Moves to YWCA Lancaster

Lancaster, Pa. (January 5, 2021) – YWCA Lancaster announces the return of New Choices, a program first launched 35 years ago as a collaborative effort between YWCA Lancaster, the Junior League of Lancaster and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. Founded in 1985, New Choices has been successfully aiding individuals in transition and has assisted thousands of Lancaster individuals to plan and achieve their career, educational, and personal goals. This […]

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YWCA Lancaster Receives Unprecedented Gift

Lancaster, Pa. (December 15, 2020) – Today, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced donations to 384 organizations driving change around the world, and YWCA Lancaster was included with a gift in support of our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We are so grateful to Ms. Scott for her game changing philanthropy worldwide and for elevating […]

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