Get Involved with YWCA Lancaster

YWCA Lancaster has been a vital part of the Lancaster Community since 1889. But we know that it takes a strong team, extensive network and deep partnerships to make real change. Join our movement and see how you can make a significant impact in your community.


Volunteers are welcome in several program areas and more opportunities will be available when the building reopens to the public.

  • Sexual Assault Hotline Volunteer
  • Facilitate a community program such as: Community Now Forums, Mobilize through Movies, or the Dorothy Height Book Club
  • Volunteer during the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration for Children
  • Lead change by volunteering on a committee
    • Core Standing Committees:
      • Mission Committee
      • Program Impact Committee
      • Property Committee
      • Development Committee
      • Finance Committee
      • Governance Committees
    • Specialized Subcommittees
      • Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center advisory committee
      • HR Policy Committee
      • Resident Advisory Committee
      • Public Policy Committee
      • New Choices Program advisory committee
      • Center for Racial and Gender Equity advisory
      • Racial Equity Profile advisory
      • Human Resources Policy
      • Marketing Committee
      • Membership Committee
      • YForward Committee

Join our board or a committee

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How would you like to get involved?


Committee Descriptions

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee reviews nominations of new Officers and Directors and recommends qualified candidates to fill Officer and Director vacancies. The Committee is also responsible for orientation of new Board members, developing written policies to clarify the Board’s role and help the Board govern effectively, and any other duty assigned it within these Bylaws or the Board of Directors.  There is a subcommittee for Membership, which facilitates engagement of community members in committees, volunteering and other benefits of membership.

Property Committee

The Property Committee is entrusted with the management and upkeep of the real property of the Association and such other responsibilities involving the property of the Association as shall be deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is entrusted with overseeing the finances, investment, and investment income of the Association, and such other duties entrusted to it by the Board of Directors.  The Finance Committee is responsible for screening and recruiting financial professionals to assist with the Association’s finances, including accountants and other financial and/or investment advisors.  The Finance Committee will make regular reports to the Board of Directors concerning the state of the Association’s Finances.

Mission Committee

The Mission Committee is the mechanism that the Board uses in holding itself accountable for assessing the organization’s fulfillment of its Mission.

Program Impact Committee

The Program Impact Committee is entrusted with ensuring that programs and services of the organization address important needs in the community, and connect with and serve our members who are committed to the mission. The committee will evaluate, incubate and establish a process for evaluating new programs that produce the most positive impact of the mission.

Development Committee

The Development Committee leads the fundraising and outreach efforts of the YWCA Lancaster through organizing, volunteering, or serving on committees for events.

SAPCC Advisory Committee

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center (“SAPCC”) Advisory Committee provides input on policy decisions that affect personnel, budgetary, and program development matters of the Association’s rape crisis center.    Members of the committee shall participate in mandatory annual training as required by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.