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New and Continued Investment in YWCA Lancaster

At YWCA Lancaster, our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is more vital than ever. We’re thankful to have an incredible community behind us–from organizations to corporations, individuals to elected officials from all parties– who want to join together to meet our mission! We are proud to update our community on some important recent […]

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Recap: an empowering summer at YWonderful Kids

What do you think of when you think summer? Ice cream, sunscreen, and long hot days are probably on your list. For YWCA Lancaster, summer means community, creativity, and empowerment. This year, we were proud to offer two free opportunities for female-identifying students in Lancaster to come together, learn through play, and develop new skills. […]

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Local Voices: Dobbs decision will harm sexual assault survivors

The following is a Local Voices piece originally published in LNP on July 15, 2022. Read on LNP We are practicing clinicians at YWCA Lancaster: Our work in preventing sexual assault, abuse and harassment is built on choice and consent. It’s a value we center, and a value that is in jeopardy in our community, and […]

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Local Voices: Ending Abortion Will Harm Our Community

The following is a Local Voices piece originally published in LNP on May 15, 2022. Read on LNP It might sound like a cliche, but it bears repeating: Abortion is a personal decision. Abortion is health care. Abortion is a fundamental right. It bears repeating because there are people, organizations and institutions that are actively […]

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YWonderful Kids Receives Statewide Gold Level Equity Award

We’re thrilled to announce that our YWonderful Kids program has been awarded a Gold level 2022 PA Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award from Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children and The PD Registry! We’re honored by this recognition, and will continue to work hard to provide affordable, equitable, and quality education opportunities to the next […]

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Opinion: A Call for Women in Leadership

The following is an opinion piece originally published in One United Lancaster on 3/25/22. Read it on One United Lancaster March is Women’s History Month, a month that contains important intersectional representation: International Women’s Day on March 8, Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, as well as sharing this time with Disability Awareness Month. […]

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Comcast Newsmakers: Creating the county’s first racial equity profile

This month we were honored to be part of Comcast Newsmaker’s latest feature! Jasmyne King, Director of our Center for Racial and Gender Equity spoke with Sheila Hyland about our collaborative work with local organizations across sectors to launch Lancaster County’s first Racial Equity Profile. We’re proud to join with national experts in PolicyLink, as […]

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Access to legal abortion is a fundamental right (Local Voices)

The following is an opinion piece first appearing in LNP 2/3/22 read on LNP I don’t really enjoy talking about abortion, because it’s private. Or it should be. And still, as we recently passed the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — a critical Supreme Court decision for safe, legal abortion access in the United […]

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Black History Month events

February is Black History Month and YWCA Lancaster is planning a curated offering of events to engage community members in the past, present, and future of Black History in Lancaster. February is Black History Month, yet the work of celebrating Black history, local and national, is work the YWCA Lancaster strives for year-round. We are […]

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MLK Day Reflections: Learning from Setbacks

The following is an opinion piece featured originally on One United Lancaster. read on One United Lancaster In thinking about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we appropriately lean towards celebrating his victories. Selma, Birmingham, invoking “the Dream” – all are compelling, inspiring, and proof that sustained action can create meaningful change. We should […]

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